Around November Davis came to the house declaring that he had failed his eye exam at school and that the nurse told him he would need to see the eye doctor for prescription glasses. I was completely confused as he had never complained about not being able to see before. Sure enough, a paper came home a few days later indicating that his eyes would need to be examined again. About a week later we had a letter letting us know he would need to be taken to an optometrist.
Fast forward to December and we discovered that he absolutely needed glasses for near-sightedness as well as astigmatism. Who knew?! After a thorough eye exam, picking out frames and ordering lenses we were faced with a $300 bill. The frames alone were about $250!
The Process of Eye Exam and Lenses
If you have never been through the process of ordering kids eyeglasses, here’s the breakdown of the general requirements:
- Polycarbonate lenses (shatter resistant)
- Anti-glare lenses
- UV coating
- Sometimes recommend transitions lenses (transition in the sunlight)
- Option of blue-light filtering
Depending upon your state, there may be different requirements when it comes to kids glasses. Once Davis tried on frames and found a pair he liked, we were better off going with the package offered at the eye doctor’s office.
Just a few weeks ago I was contacted by Jonas Paul Eyewear to see if we would be interested in trying out their service. I was instantly intrigued based on the prices of the lenses alone. Frames were about $89 which was a fraction of the price of Davis’s original pair.
Try Before You Buy!
The next thing I saw that really made Jonas Paul a great selling point was the at home try-on kit. Davis is VERY picky and buying just any pair could have been a complete waste. For just $1, you can try on 7 pairs of frames and take 7 days to make your choice before shipping them back. Davis’s came fast and he was excited to try them on right away. He made a choice of 2 different pairs and it was super quick and simple! Everything we needed was included in the box. I just put the return sticker on and sent our order on its merry way!
Quality and Comfort
About 2 weeks after submitting our order we had Davis’s glasses. They came in hard cases with cleaning cloths and they were perfect! Davis put on a pair and said, “You know what? These are more comfortable than my other pair.” He has been wearing them non-stop. He decided on the Edward as well as the Miles. He loves the Sky Blue Tortoise on the Edward and went with the Chestnut Tortoise on the Miles. Another feature we added was the blue-light filtering. As much as kids are in front of screens these days, it seemed like a no brainer.
Jonas Paul Gives Back
The thing that really sealed the deal for me with Jonas Paul was the fact that with every pair you purchase, they give a portion to a child in need. I love how they word it on their website:
While we could donate glasses, this could potentially put an optometrist out of business in an area that desperately needs these services. So we’re mindful of our responsibility. In many cases Vitamin A, access to hygiene, or a simple vaccine can keep an entire family from going blind. These are the areas where we can do the greatest good. And we’re not alone.
They have partnered with the Christian organization, CBM in order to benefit kids in other countries. What an encouragement to know while you are making sure your own child is taken care of, another sweet baby is getting the help he or she needs.
Overall, Davis has been completely thrilled with his new glasses which means I am a satisfied costumer as well. That also means that I will be a repeat customer. They not only sell kids sized glasses, but teen. If you have a chance, make sure you watch the video about the sweet baby Jonas that prompted this entire company!