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​"It touches me to know that Erin's World have made a wonderful difference in the lives of parents and how much better their children can see the world. Glasses should look like an accessory, not a necessity." 

-Maria Dellapina 

Our Story

Maria's youngest daughter Erin was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. Knowing that nearly 87% of children with Down syndrome will need glasses by the time they enter preschool, Maria was shocked she couldn't find a frame designed to fit individuals with unique facial features. After several frustrating years of searching for an eyeglass frame that would fit Erin properly that resulted in nothing, Maria took matters into her own hands. Combining her passion as a mother with her 30 years' experience in the optical field and Erin's World by Specs4us was created. 

Specs4us, or Superior Precision Eyewear for Children who are Special, was founded in 2004, although it wouldn't be until 2008 that Maria received her first physical eyeglass sample. Trying to find a manufacturer to make the proper adjustments needed to fit Erin, and other individuals with Down syndrome, without pushback or other suggestions was nearly impossible. Maria was not willing to give up and she was finally able to find a manufacturer to patent her design. Four years later, on Erin's ninth birthday, Maria received her first eyeglass samples, giving Erin the best gift, a chance to #SeeSomethingNew.

Maria continues to design new frames and Erin's World is continuing to expand styles, sizes, and colors!​

Erin's World are now available in a variety of sizes and styles and are available for purchase at Eyecare Professional offices throughout the United States and in 28 different countries!

Our Mission 

The Specs4us mission is to improve the sight and quality of life for children and adults with Down syndrome and other unique facial features by providing custom frames that fit their unique needs. Erin’s World by Specs4us brings a new concept in eyewear for children and adults with Down syndrome, a need that up until recently remained unsatisfied.


Erin's World is designed to accommodate and fit the features of children and adults with Down syndrome, as well as other individuals with unique facial features and low flat bridges. This innovative eyeglass design includes a lowered bridge, widened frame front, and adjustable temples to allow the frame to properly fit a low nasal bridge and prevent the glasses from constantly slipping down.

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When Maria Dellapina couldn't find well-fitting glasses for her daughter with Down syndrome, she designed a pair herself. Learn how her company, Specs4Us, gives children and adults with unique facial features the chance to wear glasses that won't slip down their faces.


"Individuals with Down syndrome have low or flat bridges, they are often forced to wear the wrong style of frames, which can be both uncomfortable and unhealthy."

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