What this mother learned after her child needed glasses

My daughter Adriana has been in glasses since she was 2.5 years old, and she is now 7 years old!

We first discovered, (or should I say I finally realized) our daughter needed glasses when she completely lost focus and her eyes were crossing. My husband kept saying that Adriana’s eyes looked different and in photos, that her eye would go inward. I didn’t think anything of it! I never noticed and didn’t even think to get them checked until she lost complete focus one day.

How could I not see that my daughter needed glasses? I wish I would have listened sooner. I wish I would have trusted my husband’s gut from the beginning.

After we took her to the eye doctor and we were told she would need glasses, I was scared. I was scared on how she would handle such a big change. Our eye doctor kept reassuring us that once she saw what a difference it made in her vision, she would never take them off.

She was 100% accurate. Adriana has not taken her glasses off once and now I can’t even imagine her without them!

I feel bad that I didn’t notice sooner that she was struggling with her vision and if I could go back, I would make sure that she was tested as soon as my husband noticed.

I’m just so happy that Adriana has transitioned into wearing glasses with a breeze. When you’re a parent, you worry about your child feeling different in their glasses, but she rocks them.

At first, she wasn’t too happy about the process, but once she received her first pair, she never took them off. She absolutely loves the way they make her look and feel!

A lot of kids wear glasses these days, and it’s becoming even more common. Plus, once you realize your child can see better, you start to forget the “different” mentality and begin to explore the beauty and how much glasses will only benefit your sweet child.

I am so happy to have found Jonas Paul Eyewear – this is our first pair. I was attracted to the brand because I loved the style and the photos on social media really got my attention. These kids are truly rocking their glasses and that is exactly what I wanted for my daughter.

These glasses only enhance our sweet and spunky Adriana. She adores art & music, and wearing glasses has not slowed her down.


Thank you, Dijana, for sharing your story! Continue to follow along at @hazel.eyes.mom

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Doubts and Fears of Eyewear

“I discovered that my daughter, Vivienne, needed glasses when she was 4 years old at her well child check. I cried.”

I thought her face would look so different with glasses that she wouldn’t be my baby anymore.

I then started to worry about if we could find a cute pair or if she would be teased of it. All the mama thoughts were rushing through my mind!

But, any of my doubts and fears were relieved the moment she could see clearly through the lenses.

She was quite young so I didn’t know if she would keep them on, but once she noticed she could see clearly now helped a ton! And thank goodness with her being so petite, the glasses don’t slip down thanks to the adjustable ear pieces. She loves the attention whenever we go anywhere because people are always commenting on how cute her glasses are.

“It only took me two seconds to love her sweet glasses face all the more. And it feels even better because she can see clearly!”

Through this whole experience, I can’t help but feel silly. I was so concerned about how wearing glasses might affect Vivi’s life. She is still the same big sister – playing, running and wrestling just like her sisters.

The only difference – she can actually see while doing it!!!

I am so happy to come across Jonas Paul Eyewear. The customer service is amazing and we LOVE the story behind the brand and their mission to give back. Plus, the glasses really are cuter!!!!


Vivienne loves to create & draw. She loves sports, especially soccer. Her favorite animals are raccoons and flamingos. She is the big sister to two young sisters and just finished Kindergarten at a German Immersion School.


Thank you, Mindy, for sharing your story! Follow her at @hopefeathers to tag along on the journey.

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Summer Reading

School is out and summer break is here in full force…now what?! Maybe your child has a fun summer camp or two (or more) lined up or you have a big family vacation planned, but what about the in between time? What not a better way to keep the kiddos busy than by encouraging them to keep reading in their downtime!

When your child continues to read throughout the summer they will not only be more prepared for when school rolls back around, but will also be developing their creativity and imagination even further.

Check out these five great tips featured on Pretty Opinionated’s blog and Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge to encourage summer reading!



You wouldn’t choose to voluntarily read a book you didn’t like, would you? Kids are the same way. Whether they like princesses or dinosaurs or sports or Clifford the Big Red Dog (…we’ve all been there), let them choose something they’ll love reading!



Encourage your kiddo to find their favorite place in or around the house for reading. Maybe they really love pulling together blankets and chairs to build a fort, or laying a blanket out in the backyard under a tree, or simply lounging on the couch. Let them use their imagination to find that happy place!



Whether it be 3 books or 13, it’s always helpful to set a goal with your kids for how many books they are going to read over the summer! Make sure the goal is attainable, but also encourage them to challenge themselves. If it helps, you could even implement a reward system like this one.



Does your child’s most recent read take place at a beach? Go find some sand! …at a park? There’s never been a better time to swing! …at the Eiffel Tower? It’s only a plane-ride away ? Taking a small trip could help your kiddo help bring the book they’re reading to life!



“Monkey see, Monkey do.” We’re sure you’ve heard that saying before, and it’s so true! Our children often mimic what we are doing, so why not set a good example for them and encourage them that reading can be fun? Also, it’s statistically proven that kiddos whose parents are frequent readers are more likely to be readers themselves.

Be sure to check out the other five tips to getting your kiddos reading this summer!

Have any ideas of your own? We’d love to hear them!

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Guest Feature: One Father’s Story

“I can remember vividly the joy my wife Laura and I felt when we became parents for the first time. It is true when people say that you never knew you could love so deeply. I can remember even more vividly the doctors telling us that our son may be blind … and the overwhelming sadness that followed for my wife and I.

Our sweet boy was diagnosed with bilateral Peter’s anomaly and glaucoma, an eye condition in which his corneas were opacified and the pressure elevated. The physical challenges of our son’s condition have been incredibly hard. He had undergone 21 surgeries before his 3rd birthday, all with the hopes of providing him the most potential for sight. There is definitely truth to the adage “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” That is the unexpected upside to adversity.

Every new parent has dreams of what their child is going to be like, or what activities they are going to do with them — like throwing a ball back and forth, teaching them to ride their first bike, or teaching them to drive a car. And though I’ve had to release these dreams, they have been replaced by a reality that is actually more beautiful.

I believe all of us who have children, love them regardless of who they are. There is something divine in loving a child without motive or expectation. It allows you to find beauty in the existence, rather than the achievements, of your child.

As Andrew Solomon stated in his book, “Far From The Tree,”

“There is a compelling purity in parental engagement not with what might or should or will be, but with, simply, what is.”

When Jonas was born I was thrust into a new space of visual impairment in which I recognized quickly the majority of eyeglass solutions were incredibly cost prohibitive and focused purely on function, often at the expense of a child being embarrassed to wear glasses. If my son was going to have to wear glasses at a young age, I were determined they were going to be a fashion statement and he was going to feel like a little stud muffin in them.

So, like you do shortly after having your first child, you start a children’s eyeglass company.

My wife and I launched Jonas Paul Eyewear with a mission to help children feel beautiful in their glasses & provide sight to children in need with every purchase.

Rob Bell articulates how challenges often inspire creativity when he wrote the following in his book “Drops Like Stars,”

“We plot. We plan. We assume things are going to go a certain way. And when they don’t, we find ourselves in a new place — a place we haven’t been before, a place we never would have imagined on our own. It is the difficult and the unexpected, and maybe even the tragic, that opens us up and frees us to see things in new ways. Many of the most significant moments in our lives come not because it all went right but because it all fell apart.”

I can only speak from my experience, but when I was in the space of comfort I found myself becoming emotionally numb to the needs and struggles of individuals around me. I found myself searching for a greater purpose, and though I would have never imagined it, or wished it upon anyone, I received a clear answer in the form of intense pain and challenges. And my life was disrupted.

Often times, a natural response towards disability is to withdraw, and I do not fault anyone for taking this approach, as I understand the challenges of being in public with a child that isn’t viewed as “normal” — the ignorant questions, the stares and double takes, the inability for other parents to relate.

But for me and my wife, a more natural response was to push out our struggles and use the energy to create. I attribute this response to our fine art education and background paired with the business ventures we had started. It’s as if we were being molded to be able to respond responsibly to an incredibly difficult situation and push it out to make an impact.

Though I can’t speak to what life is like as a blind woman, I can relate to the truth behind Hellen Keller’s quote, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

I can say with confidence our beautiful son changed the direction of our lives and gave us vision.

I’m not sure if any of you wore glasses as I did as a child, but I remember the whole process being embarrassing. From having a doctor tell you that you need to wear glasses, to selecting a pair from the small, cartoon-laden collection for children, to walking into school the first day with an object on your face that was impossible to hide.

And still today there are millions of children in America being barraged with the confidence deflating words “nerd” and “four eyes” — their peers mocking them because they have to wear corrective eyewear. While to some this may seem trivial or “kids being kids,” a child’s self-esteem and identity can be cemented as young as the age of 8. This identity is deeply molded and influenced by their peers as they form an initial view of how they fit into the world. I’m assuming some who are reading this bare a scar from being teased as a child, and if we can use a beautifully designed product and brand to prevent some of these scars and boost the self-esteem of children, I feel confident we are going to make a lasting impact.”

–Ben, Father to Jonas and Sophie, Wife to Laura, & Co-Founder of Jonas Paul Eyewear

Ben, Laura, and Jonas’ story has brought us where we are today, along with your help! Click here to continue learning about Jonas Paul Eyewear.

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Guest Feature: Patching from a Father’s Perspective

My wife Mckenzie and I welcomed our first child Koven (Cove-in) into the world on Nov 10th 2014. He was seven pounds eighteen ounces of pure perfection. We spent the next year as most new parents do; thinking their child is perfect and nothing could ever go wrong. We had regular doctor visits and from both our observations nothing was abnormal with our sweet little boy.

Somewhere along the way my mom brought up the possibility that there might be something going on with his eye as she noticed it would “catch” or “cross” during pictures. It was difficult to consider that we had missed something so we shrugged it off thinking if the pediatrician didn’t say anything, surely he was fine.

Eventually Mckenzie’s mom brought up the same thing so we knew it was time to have a specialist evaluate. In February of 2016 (15 months old) we got the diagnosis that Koven has Amblyopia, a condition where his optic nerve did not develop causing the brain to “ignore” his left eye and making it mostly blind. Because his condition cannot be corrected by surgery or glasses the recommended course of action was to patch his “good” eye to try and force his brain to use the left one and strengthen that nerve.

We were given no guarantees — the patch may work well, it may help a little, or it might not help at all.

I will never forget the tears shed as we sat in the car after finding out the news of our sweet little boy. I will also never forget the first day we patched his eye and the weight of how little he could see sank in. It was devastating.

Patching became a huge challenge as when the patch was on, someone had to be at Koven’s side to keep him from running into things as he navigated our house blind. This would always end in tears and eventually he would get so frustrated he would rip the patch off. It became a daily battle enforcing the patch and also trying to stay sane as a parent.

After 6 months of patching and no discernible proof that his vision has improved, the doctor said, “patch if you can, but protect his good eye at all cost”. It was time to get glasses simply as a way to keep his good eye protected from the rough life of a toddler. We were aware of Jonas Paul and quickly ordered the home try-on kit hoping one of the frames would fit his little head. Sure enough The Paul would become a staple in our daily lives.

Surprisingly he adapted to wearing glasses very well. Two years and four pairs later and we can not count the compliments Koven gets in public. Everyone LOVES his glasses and constantly tells him and us.

We are forever grateful to JPE for providing us an affordable fashion forward options for our boy. It has made a world of difference for both of us.

Our biggest challenge right now as parents is keeping Koven’s glasses out of the hands of his 15 month old brother whose favorite thing to do is grab them off his face and run off with them!

Thank you JPE for making this part of our lives as good as it can be.

–Mat, father of Koven

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

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Calling all moms who love being pampered, taking a bath, and smelling as sweet as a flower!

We can’t even begin to thank all of the moms out there who support us! Without all of you we would not be where we are today. You’ve dedicated time to making sure your kiddos have the proper eyewear so they can see, been crucial to their upbringing, and been the rock for your own tribe at home. You’ve had sleepless nights, been there as a shoulder to cry on, and wiped up more messes than all of our fingers and toes combined can count. And all of that is HARD WORK. Seriously. Girl, give yourself a pat on the back because you are a rockstar!

So, all that to say, we truly appreciate you and have put together a giveaway to pamper one lucky winner! We’ve joined up with six other AMAZING brands and put together a package that is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and on cloud nine.


It’s simple! CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway. You will be prompted to fill out your name and email address. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

NOTE: The giveaway will be open from Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10am EST through Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. Fill out an entry for yourself and then spread the word like wildfire!


Giveaway Item: Emnet Pouch

About Them: ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. They manufacture directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency. Through each purchase, you are ABLE to empower women and give them a job with dignity.



Giveaway Item: Socks that fight malaria & Socks that treat HIV

About Them: Conscious Step was created to bring more awareness to the problems faced by the world today and the organizations fighting these problems. They believe that we all have the ability to make a change – when we all make conscious decisions about our products and their impact on our planet, we can collectively move towards a brighter, poverty-free world. It’s more than how their product looks, but knowing that it’s creation didn’t happen at the expense of people and our planet.



Giveaway Item: 20 oz Tumbler & Mini Notebook

About Them: May Designs is a lifestyle brand specializing in customized notebooks, stationery, and more! At their core, they are a team wanting to bring joy to the everyday moments in life. The heart behind each product they create is to allow you to create something that makes you inspired to be YOU! Their hope with every order is to guide you down a little online trail of magic as you design something over your very own.



Giveaway Item: All Purpose Piñon Salve

About Them: Mom’s Stuff is inspired by a natural way of life and they believe that happy skin is a key to a happy life. All of their natural ingredients are locally and/or ethically sourced and selected for specific properties. With every purchase made at Mom’s Stuff, one percent is given back to a non-profit that works with individual girls and their families in developing countries to help provide them with the resources they need to gain an education.



Giveaway Item: Flower Bath & Geranium Complexion Mist

About Them: Primally Pure began out of a passion for real, recognizable ingredients – not just on your plate, but in your skincare products. They believe in daily baths, taking time to establish a good-for-the-soul morning routine, spending time in the great outdoors and giving back + serving others. Beauty goes much deeper than simply skincare. Beauty is caring for oneself and others while cherishing and nurturing the gift of life we’ve all been given.



Giveaway Item: Shampoo / Conditioner Set & Body Wash

About Them: SoapBox was founded in 2010 with a simple mission: to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. For every Soapbox product purchased, they donate a bar of soap to someone in need either state-side or abroad. These bars of soap are made from recycled bars from hotels that have been shaved down, sanitized and reformed to make a brand new bar.


Best of luck to all those who enter! Feel free to send an email over to courtney@jonaspauleyewear.com with any questions.


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Frame Donation

Out with the old, in with the new.

…but what about your old prescription frames? We have a solution!

Now through May 31st, we will be accepting donations of your gently used adult and children’s prescription frames in exchange for $15 credit to Jonas Paul Eyewear. Your donated frames will be given to Lions Club International, an organization that holds vision clinics and distributes glasses in low income and developing areas.


1. Place your gently used frames (adult or children’s) in a glasses-safe package.

2. Print off and include our basic FORM in the package.

3. Address the package to:

Jonas Paul Eyewear

1422 Wealthy Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

4. Head over to your local delivery service and send the package our way!

Donations must be postmarked May 31, 2018 or earlier.

We will begin processing donations the week of June 11, and appreciate your patience as we send over your store credit.

Thank you in advance for your participation and helping us extend our impact!

Note: Jonas Paul Eyewear will not be covering your cost of shipping to our facility, but we will handle the transportation of frames from our office to the Lions Club donation site.

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How to Care for Your Child’s New Glasses

You just received a new pair of stylish frames from Jonas Paul Eyewear in the mail – YAY! But now you are wondering, how do I teach my son or daughter to keep them safe?

Buying a pair of frames can be hard enough, and teaching your child to keep them safe shouldn’t be. We have rounded up our five best tips and tricks to help your child keep their frames 100% safe, protected, and of course, stylish.

#1 – Keep them in the case when they’re not on their face.

The moment your child takes off their glasses, help them secure their eyewear in a hard-sided case. (We provide a case with each frame purchased!) This simple step will help prevent any accidental step-on or breakage.

TIP: Pack a case whenever your child is going somewhere that will require them to remove their glasses.  

#2 – Use both hands

Teach your child how to properly remove their glasses with both hands. You can demonstrate this using your own glasses or a pair of sunglasses. Teaching your child this important practice will prevent any bending or uneven wear.

TIP: Should you notice any bending of the arms, each Jonas Paul frame has adjustable tips that allow the temple arm to hug your child’s ears (or extend straight back) for a perfect fit.

#3 – Avoid sinks and splatter

Although most of us are naturally inclined to remove our glasses at the sink during our bedtime routine, keeping frames near splatter and sprays can soil the lenses, making them more difficult to clean. Instead, help your child find a special spot in their room to keep their specs safe.

TIP: If you do notice any stains or splatter on the lenses, check out our Lens Cleaner to keep those glasses stain-free. 

#4 – Remind children not to wear their glasses on the top of their head

Keeping glasses on the top of their head makes them less secure, and increases the chances of their glasses falling off.

TIP: If you notice your child commenting on their frames sliding down from their face, make sure you have adjusted the comfort tips or purchase a tube of Nerd Wax to ensure they don’t place the frames on top of their head.

#5 – Keep a spare

As much as we may try to prevent broken frames and cracked lenses, in the end, we must accept that kids are, well, kids. They’re wild, free-flowing, and more often than not, running around. Accidents can happen, and it’s best to have an extra pair at the ready to lessen the blow in case one does break (but we’ll cross our fingers that their glasses stay totally safe).

TIP: If you are worried about frames breaking, add a second pair to your cart at Jonas Paul Eyewear for those “just in case” moments.

At the end of the day, our children are getting older, smarter, and more responsible by the minute. Keeping their glasses safe is a wonderful opportunity for kids to exercise responsibility, and with these simple tips, you can help your child keep their spiffy new specs safe and sound.

Put these tips to the test and check out our selection of children’s eyewear today!

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Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month! Established in 2003 by the National Eye Institute (NEI), the main goal of Healthy Vision Month is to raise awareness of the importance of vision health. Join us in spreading the importance of proactive eye health!

Here are FOUR KEY TIPS for keeping your kiddos’ eyes healthy and thriving! Learn more about each tip below.

  1. Eat right to protect your sight.
  2. Keep your sunglasses handy.
  3. Leave the germs behind.
  4. Take a break and get outside!

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Guest Feature: A Story of Resilience

“We knew our sweet little girl Violet had Dandy Walker Syndrome from about the time I was 34 weeks pregnant with her.”

A cyst made up of cerebrospinal fluid was in her head before her brain started forming, causing her cerebellum to be about 1/3rd the size it should be, she’s missing her inferior vermis, and her Pons on her brainstem is small. Children with Dandy Walker Syndrome frequently have comorbid issues with their vision, so we knew to be on the lookout for any vision issues.

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When she was about 6 months old, her left eye started turning in so we made her an appointment with a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. The eye doctor had us patch Violet’s stronger eye for an hour a day for several weeks to strengthen her other eye. At the end of the patching, instead of just her left eye turning in, one eye would turn in and then they’d switch and the other would turn.

Her eye doctor told us that because of the neurological damage from her Dandy Walker Syndrome, Violet had monocular vision instead of binocular…basically her brain was only accepting images from one eye at a time. Her brain would use one eye and the other eye would drift, then her brain would switch over to using the other eye. Violet was referred to a Neuro-Ophthalmologist who specializes in vision issues caused from neurological damage.

The Neuro-Ophthalmologist confirmed that Violet did have monocular vision and she was scheduled for eye surgery to tighten her eye muscles to try and force her brain to learn binocular vision. The surgery was relatively quick and the recovery was lightning fast. Within just a few weeks, Violet’s eyes started drifting again. At our two month follow up with Violet’s eye doctor, he told us that it normally takes a patient 10 years for their eyes to undo the surgery that her eyes did in two months. After a few more follow-up appointments, Violet was scheduled for a second eye surgery just four months after her first surgery.

“Thankfully the second surgery was a success and Violet’s brain gradually learned how to use bonocular vision.”

After Violet’s eye surgeries we set out to help her with her balance. We were referred to a Pediatric Vestibular expert who confirmed that Violet could not feel gravity, did not know where her body was in space and time, and didn’t use her peripheral vision at all to help orient herself. We added Vestibular Rehab Therapy and Vision Therapy to her therapy line-up of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Hippotherapy. We also added in a gymnastics class both for fun and to help with her vestibular function. Thanks to the success of her eye surgeries, and lots of hard work by Violet and her therapists, she slowly started gaining some vestibular function. She learned to walk independently, but still uses a walker on hard surfaces for safety. She learned to feel gravity and now falls safely, using her hands to brace her fall. She can catch a ball with both hands, and visually track objects (although she’ll always have jerky eye movements while tracking).

Now at age 4, Violet was just prescribed glasses for the first time for farsightedness. Violet attends our local School for the Deaf due to Central Auditory Processing Disorder, so the ability to get a home try-on kit from Jonas Paul Eyewear was so incredibly convenient and appreciated. The adjustable ear pieces give her a secure fit and allows her to wear hearing aids even with her glasses on. Like we normally do whenever Violet gets a new piece of adaptive equipment, we did a little photoshoot with one pair of the glasses from the try-on kit to celebrate.

“We do this in a spirit of thankfulness that we have access to things like walkers and hearing aids and wheelchairs and glasses to help Violet live her best life, and it gets Violet excited about her new gear.”

It took less than a week from the time we ordered Violet’s new Jonas Paul glasses until they were delivered to us. Violet loves her glasses and says at least once a day, “my glasses help me see!!” Violet models for several boutiques, sewing pattern designers, and custom fabric designers.

I love that Jonas Paul offers stylish glasses for children that look as amazing as the clothes she’s fortunate enough to model, and with every purchase Jonas Paul gives back to communities that don’t have easy access to vision care.

This incredible story doesn’t end here! Follow Violet’s journey by following @bridgettw on Instagram.

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