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Miss Em started wearing glasses in 7th grade, and soon after she was begging for contacts. I was scared to let her make the move from glasses to contacts. My former sister-in-law had several eye infections, and at one point she had both eyes patched and was unable to do much of anything, all because of her contacts. Last year in 9th grade we decided to let her try contacts.
She received a great education from the nurse at her ophthalmologist. She really took to contacts easily and quickly. Even the nurse was impressed. She doesn’t wear them full time, but now a year later, she’s completely comfortable with her contacts.
We even found this handy reminder program that texts both her and me reminders about her contacts, eye exam, and more.
I’m so proud she takes such great care of her eyes when it comes to her contacts. The best way I found to prevent eye issues for her is to keep her on a daily lens, so she gets a new pair every single day. She has really taken to following the Do’s and Don’ts for being safe with her contacts. Plus, she has me to incessantly remind her to wash her hands. 😉
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., manufacturer of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses reminds us – especially teens – how important it is to practice safe contact lens wear and care – from obtaining contact lenses via a prescription from a licensed eye care professional, to practicing good hygiene habits when inserting/removing contact lenses as well as the importance of following wearing and replacement schedules, proper lens care, and disinfecting routines as directed by eye care professionals.
If you or your teen is interested in contact lenses, click HERE to easily read up on all kinds of info about contacts.
In the US, contact lenses are considered medical devices and even cosmetic ones require a prescription from an eye care professional. Often times at Halloween, teens and adults are tempted to buy decorative contacts without a prescription. According to the American Optometric Association’s 2013 American Eye-Q consumer survey, 17% of Americans have worn decorative contact lenses that don’t provide vision correction as part of a costume or cosmetic purposes. Of those, 24% purchased them without a prescription.
Many retails store sell cosmetic contacts, however, contacts purchased over the counter without proper fitting and oversight by your eye doctor can cause serious risk and/or permanent damage to the health of eyes. Don’t take that chance!
Em is going to be Medusa for Halloween, and she is really wanting to get a pair of snake eye contact lenses to complete her look. Since she has a prescription for contacts, I’m okay with this, and we are going through her eye doctor’s office to find out about purchasing a special pair of contacts.
Have you or your teen ever had eye problems from contacts? Have you or your teen ever worn cosmetic contact lenses?
My oldest daughter (9) wears glasses and I’m unsure when she’ll start wearing contacts. Thanks for these tips that I’ll need in the future.
Really great tips and guides! My Teenager hasn’t requeted contacts yet because he says he can’t take watching his finger come at his eye but he never wears his glasses so it may be necessary soon. I will definitely show him this to help him a bit. Thanks for sharing…
Oh man, I’m always so surprised about how well my eyes did after how I treated them with my contacts. I would leave mine in for about two weeks without washing them, and then when I would take them out, I would never wash my hands, and sometimes I would use water instead of solution. Sometimes, I miss having contacts, but then I remember all the work that came with them and that’s too much work for me. haha. I’m glad I have cute glasses that I can accessorize with!
No one in our house wears contacts, so this was interesting to read.
I am going to pass this onto my kids.. they both want contacts and i do not think they can handle it.. this is a good intro!
I think daily lenses are the best option too. I have been wearing contacts since the 10th grade and I’ve never had any problems. However, I rarely sleep in them and I always changed them on time.
I have weak eye muscles in both eyes so contact lenses were never an option for me. Top it off with I am super protective of my eyes so much so that the ophthalmologist can not get a correct pressure reading! Take care of your eyes-enough can go wrong without you causing additional problems.
Sounds like she is very responsible with them. We don’t wear glasses or contacts around here, but you never know when your eye sight might take a turn. Thanks for the information.
I didn’t know know you needed prescriptions for those. I remember having green ones when I was a teen and thinking I looked so cool! 🙂
My sister wore contacts when she was a teenager and she could have used some of these tips. She would leave them in so long that they would leave imprints on her eyes!
Boy this brings back memories when I got my contact lenses when I was a teenager. Definitely takes irresponsibility.
These are excellent tips for teenagers. Contacts have changed so much over the last several years. I like the daily option. I haven’t worn contacts in a long time.
I was 15 when I first wore contacts. Haven’t tried wearing the cosmetics ones, though.
These are great lens care tips for everyone!
These are great tips for sure. My son wants contacts. I told him there is more to contacts then what he realizes
Wear other people’s contact lense? Yuckies! But great tips 🙂
This post came at the best time! My oldest 10 is debating between glasses and contacts. As i wear glasses i was kind of clueless on what to advise her towards! Thanks for this!
I have worn contacts since I was 12. I struggled with them a lot at that age, but now I have been doing it for years!
Great tips! It’s awesome that your daughter took to contacts so well, and quickly, too. Maybe it’s a lot easier when you’re younger. I remember when my dad first started wearing contacts. It took him a long time to get used to them and he still opts for his glasses a lot of the time for convenience.