I’m all for products where function meets fashion. And with three growing girls who have very different tastes and attitudes, variety is always key. My 7-year-old has worn glasses since she was 10 months old, and we’ve always struggled to pair functionality with fun and fashion. The few times we were able to get a more fashionable frame, they quickly met their demise because they were not sturdy enough to withstand a rough and tumble yet girly girl. Similarly, because her prescription requires a bifocal, the frames she needs must be a bit larger around the eyes. Since the style these days seems to be smaller, chunky frames, many of our voyages to find a new pair ended in tears (hers or mine? I’ll never tell).
So when we recently had the opportunity to check out a pair of EasyTwist eyeglass frames, I was dubious at first. After checking out the variety of styles for kids, though, I was pleasantly surprised that many of the frames fit our needs for function as well as fashion. Norah chose a sleek, bronze-colored pair with small silvery diamonds on the side. As I read more about the functionality of the EasyTwist frames, I was even more impressed. EasyTwist are made with Trilaston, a proprietary memory metal innovation developed by Aspex Eyewear, known for its elasticity and shape recovery. Shape recovery in glasses?! Bonus! The time she took a swift (accidental) kick between the eyes, courtesy of her sister who was on the swings at the time, was at the back of my mind. Her poor little plastic pink glasses had snapped like a wishbone. Thus, elasticity and shape recovery are very important to us! The EasyTwist website claims that whereas Nickel/Titanium frames will eventually lose their flexibility and shape- retention, EasyTwist’s frames withstand the test of time and bounce back into shape even after extensive periods of use. In addition, due to their unique molecular composition, EasyTwist frames are more resistant to stress, shock, corrosion and extreme changes in temperature. And hopefully kicks from swinging sisters! I was also excited to discover that Trilaston offers a health benefit not found in other memory metals. Specifically, the absence of nickel in the composition of the EasyTwist line results in frames that are hypoallergenic, also a plus for us. My daughter inherited my very fair skin, and she tends to be more prone to reactions and dryness. Many times, she sustains reactions from her eyeglasses around the bridge of her nose or on the tender skin at the top of ears where her glasses sit.
When we received the glasses, we were both excited about how cute they were, and my daughter was eager to give them a go. Before she did, I played around and inspected the frames firsthand, twisting them and bending to see if they were as pliable as the company claimed. I was happy to see that they withstood my mini test, coming back to their shape quickly and easily. The real test, though, was having my daughter wear them on a daily basis. At 7, she’s not quite careful or gentle on her things just yet. Over the course of a week, the EasyTwist glasses were taken off and put on carelessly multiple times and were subjected to all of the running, bouncing, and general activity my daughter does on a daily basis. They stayed put and were very comfortable for her during gymnastics, and even sustained a shock when she took a basketball to the face at the very last game of the season (she was fine—and so were the glasses!) Needless to say, I think we’ve found our match. I didn’t seen any evidence of irritation on her nose or ears, and now I’m sold. If you’ve got a child who requires eyeglasses, I highly recommend the EasyTwist frames. There’s a style and color for everyone, and depending on which one you choose, the prices range from $106.98 to $178.98. Check out http://www.aspexeyewear.com/collections/easytwist/kids for all of the information you need and to choose a style for your own little functional fashionista!
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. That’s IT Mommy received a complimentary pair of EasyTwist frames from Aspex free of charge to facilitate this review. This in no way swayed our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.*