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This startup 3D prints the perfect glasses for your kid–and sends a new pair when they get lost

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When you’re 3 years old and happen to need prescription glasses, your eyewear can seem like an overwhelming burden. You know your parents spent hundreds of dollars on your glasses, but it’s so easy to break them on the playground or forget them on a bus or an overnight trip.

“My son went around for several weeks with his broken glasses taped together before my wife and I found out,” says designer Gabriel Schlumberger. “He had broken his glasses, and didn’t want to tell us.”

The experience convinced him that there was room in the market for a new kind of eyewear brand that was specifically tailored to the needs of children. A year ago, he left his career as a designer at animation studios Disney and Pixar to cofound a new startup called Fitz Frames with his friend, Heidi Hertel, who previously served as a political consultant. The company, which will come out of beta later this month, creates $95 prescription eyewear that is custom-made for a child’s face. The company also offers $185 annual subscriptions that allow you to get as many free replacements as necessary.

There are now nearly 20 million children in........

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