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Question for those of you who wear contacts

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by MamaBear, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. MamaBear

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    Um silly question time. I've worn glasses all my life, but never contacts. The thought of something on my eyeball freaks me out. But my daughter now in the teen years has been begging for contacts and I'm considering it. Both kids have eye exams end of the month. So I am wondering first of all if the eye doc will teach her how to put them in? I cannot do it. (Yes I can poke my son's finger and give him injections, but I cannot bring myself to put a disk in her eyeball, and have no clue how to teach her.) Also is there a particular brand anyone likes best? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. clb1968

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    Yes they will show them at the doctor's office, I have wore contacts longer than i have had diabetes.LOL I still wear glasses some of the time. Love the freedom of not wearing my glasses. I have liked the various accu vu brands the most.
     
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    I have worn contacts for years and love them. My 16 yo wears contacts, has been since he was almost 13. He wanted them at 12 and could not put them in so we didn't do it. About 6 months later he wanted to try it again and he was successful. He really needed to be able to do it on his own or I wouldnt have let him get them. The contact lens specialist in the dr's office was the one to teach him.
     
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    I've been wearing them since I was 16 so that's been...ummm...a lot of years! ;)

    If I remember right, they will have you put them in a take them out repeatedly until you are comfortable with it. It's really not a big deal - it's something you will get used to and it will become second nature.
     
  5. hrermgr

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    Someone does show you how to put them in. I guess it's pretty common for people to be uncomfortable with putting something in their eyes. Ummmm...can't imagine why!
     
  6. MamaBear

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    Thanks all. I think my discomfort comes from a book I read in high school about holocaust medical experiments done on eyes. :( Weird I know.

    I wasn't sure if they show ya what to do, and I don't want her trying to just pop them in without knowing.

    So Accu vu are good?
     
  7. Mom2Kathy

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    :)
    I have Accu Vue 2's right now - hardly even know they're in my eyes. Only that I can see!
     
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    Honestly I don't think any of the contact brands are "bad" necessarily - different ones may work better for different eyes. I've worn several, but since I have an astigmatism and need toric lenses, I prefer the better visual acuity I get from a slightly less floppy lens... I think they're easier to put in too since they won't fold in on themselves like some I have used would. I haven't personally noticed much difference in comfort between different lenses as long as they fit correctly (they come in different diameters and curves for a reason).

    Usually a first contact lens fitting takes a loooooong time (an hour or more unless you catch on VERY fast) since they teach you how to insert and remove the lenses, and make sure you can do it before they let you go. If you return to wearing contacts after not wearing them a while, it is usually pretty quick. You usually need to schedule this differently than a regular eye exam.

    My sister and I have worn glasses for a very long time.. I didn't try contacts until I was 24, and she didn't try until she was 26 or 27 (shortly after I did). Our mom had a bad experience wearing them nearly 40 years ago and as a result never let us try them as teenagers, and wouldn't even really allow us to discuss trying them.. it actually left us afraid to even try it for a long time. We were both surprised to find that despite her bad experience, we don't seem to have any problems with them. I have a lot of allergies and even that doesn't really impact my contact usage - what does is when the air is really dry, I find that I just can't tolerate wearing them when there isn't much moisture in the air.

    I wear my contacts about 75% of the time... even if I wore them less than 50% of the time I'd probably still like to have them available to me, because it's nice to not "have" to wear glasses sometimes. I wear extended wear lenses, but I take them out every night - I have slept in them (not always on purpose), but most eye doctors don't recommend that, however it's reassuring to know that I *can* take a nap in them or whatever and it's not really a big deal :)
     
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    My son was taught how to put them in and take them out. The first time he did it at home, it took him 45 minutes to take them out. 30 the next day and then he figured it out.

    My husband and I wear glasses and were no help at all.
     
  10. MamaBear

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    Thank you. I don't want to deny her having contacts because of my issues. :)
     
  11. MamaBear

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    I know I'll be no help to her what so ever.
     
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    I almost called a coworker who lives nearby to help him out, but he finally got them out.
     
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    I wear glasses now (my eyes changed shape during my pregnancy with Catie) but prior to that I had worn contacts for 17 years. I got them when i was 14 years old. My eye doctor did show me how to put them in my eyes. As for brand I'm not sure what they are. I've always worn gas permeable contacts. I remember I could only wear them for a couple of minutes at first, and I had to gradually build up the time my eyes would tolerate them. I'm not sure if you have to do that with soft contacts too.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your input. She is scheduled for a "class" to learn how to wear and care for contacts. They are going to order a pair with her Rx to send her home with for a 2 week trial. So I guess we'll see how that goes. :)
     
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    As others said, most of the soft contacts these days are good brands. Depending on what she needs corrected, she may be limited to certain brands(like Toric to correct astigmatism etc.).

    I do want to recommend as a contact solution Clear Care. It is something she DOES have to be a bit careful with, but it does a fabulous job removing protein and dirt etc. I started it a few months ago after being diagnosed with GPC in both my eyes. I haven't had a flare up since then, and have resumed regular wear of my contacts.
     
  16. MamaBear

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    Oh thank you. I hadn't even thought to ask about solutions.
     
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    Another vote for Clear Care here :) It needs to be used carefully (NEVER squirt it in your eye, or use it to rinse your contact before putting it in - keep a bottle of saline on hand for that) but it gets my contacts so much cleaner than anything else I've tried... plus I was constantly getting irritation from other solutions (and I tried 5 different ones!), but Clear Care doesn't bother my eyes at all... I love the stuff :)
     
  18. MamaBear

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    Is this a solution you can get anywhere, like say Walmart or CVS ?
     
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    I didn't need glasses until I was about 23 yrs old and got contacts several years after that. My husband had to put them in for me for months! I just could not bring myself to do it. I finally aclimated, but now have the kind that I only take out once a week and change every two weeks. I love them!

    Fast forward to last year when both of my boys (ages 10 and 9) wanted contacts desperately. My 10 yr old popped them in like he'd been doing it all his life. Never a hesitation, never an issue. He's had them for a year and a half now and does great with them. He takes them out every night to soak, but they are the Accuvue Oasis that (if he were an adult) he could sleep in. My 9 yr old had a little bit of trouble, but was determined to ditch the glasses. He finally got his in--the eye dr was not going to prescribe them unless he could show her that he could get them in and out without problem--and was fine after the initial visit. They are both very cautious kids and have been dilligent about washing their hands and taking all the necessary precautions.
     
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    I appreciate all the past comments on this thread. She is doing very well with her contacts. But I have a new question. She has decided she wants to try wearing makeup. So for those of you who wear both contacts and makeup, do you put the makeup on before or after you put your contacts in? Any tips would be appreciated!
     

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