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    ray7694 is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    What do your kiddos wear for contacts. My dd is 12 and has had glasses. We are trying contacts but struggling. She started with 2 week trial disposals and ripped them after a week. Able to get them in but donít last. Now trying daily disposals and they are so hard to get in because they are thin.


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    DD1 started wearing contacts in 6th grade. IT took a couple of weeks for her to get comfortable putting the in and taking them out. It just took practice. I bought her a lighted mirror to put on her counter to help her see what she was doing. It also helps to keep them really wet when you are handling them. The eye doc's office had some great handouts and worked with her twice to help her get the hang of it. If your DD is struggling, I'd reach back out to the MD office and see if she can sit down with one of the nurses and get a little more hands on instruction.
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    Following. DS is 11 and just asked if he could try contacts and I was wondering if they would give him dailies or weeklies, so I'm curious what others wear.

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    DD2 has worn them since she was 10. She plays soccer and didn't want sports glasses. She's just started wearing them every day for school this year, because she thought they were too much work and would get frustrated.

    She wears monthlies because they don't make dailies in her prescription strength. It took her awhile to get used to putting them in when she first started. It just took practice and patience (which she does not have much of, LOL). She usually makes it the whole month before needing a new pair, but sometimes one gets ripped and she has to get them quicker (same also happens to me occasionally).
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    DD played soccer in glasses for years, but one hit in the face with a volleyball at 11 and she was ready for contacts. She wears monthlies as well, and it took some trial and error for a month or two to get the right prescription and lens combination. She has pretty strong strabismus and also astigmatism. Our optometrist was great about it, they did a training session with her before she took them home to make sure she could put them in and take them out herself. She has been wearing them for about 4 years now and it's worked out well for her. We found them a little cheaper online.

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    DS started with 14 day or monthly lenses in 7th grade, but now is much happier with dailies--he's tried several brands and prefers Biotrue dailies.

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    DS wears dailies. He started about 12 but had difficulty getting them in. At 14 he was able to do it easier. He still wears glasses to school as he gets up late and doesnít have time for contacts


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    I've never worn dailies so can't specifically comment, but I have worn contacts for a very long time. The learning curve for contacts is tough....2 weeks is still super new to contacts so I wouldn't be at all surprised or frustrated that it's still hard. Best advice I have is that she needs to make sure that her finger with the contact on it is either VERY wet, OR VERY dry.....interestingly, both work equally well for me. It's the in-between that is really tricky.

    To put them in with VERY wet - start with a dry hand, because you want fingers you're using to pull open/hold your eyelid to be dry (or your eyelid slips too easily). Have the contact ready on your finger, then use contact solution to wet all around it, including a drip in the "cup" of the lens.....I'm talking about enough solution that you almost make the contact slide off your finger.

    To put them in very dry - have a clean, lint-free cloth ready. Get the contact out of the solution and ready to put in eye. Transfer it to a finger on the opposite hand (the one you won't be using to put in the contact), and while it's on that side, use the lint free cloth to get the finger you WILL put the contact in with completely dry, Transfer the contact back to that very dry finger -- the contact will be quite dry, and almost fall off your finger b/c it's so dry.....but that's good, because when it touches the moist eyeball it will stick more readily!

    I also wouldn't get discouraged about the weekly ones just because one ripped....I've worn contacts for more than half my life and I still rip them occasionally. A new contact wearer who is still learning how carefully to treat them will probably have a few extra rips in the beginning. If the only reason you switched to dailies is because the weekly ripped, and the weekly was easier to put in, I'd go back to the weekly -- at least until she's much more confident and comfortable putting them in!
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    I had to switch to the daily contacts due to an eye issue. I agree they are a lot harder to get out. My eye doctor says for the dailies, make sure your finger is dry when you take them out. It seems to help, but there are still days that I struggle to get them out. I have super dry eyes, so sometimes mine stick to my eyeballs which makes it harder too. I had monthlies prior to this, and found them easier to get in and out, but I started having serious eye problems due to super dry eyes, and the cornea specialist made me switch to dailies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PZMommy View Post
    I had to switch to the daily contacts due to an eye issue. I agree they are a lot harder to get out. My eye doctor says for the dailies, make sure your finger is dry when you take them out. It seems to help, but there are still days that I struggle to get them out. I have super dry eyes, so sometimes mine stick to my eyeballs which makes it harder too. I had monthlies prior to this, and found them easier to get in and out, but I started having serious eye problems due to super dry eyes, and the cornea specialist made me switch to dailies.
    I just started dailies last week after an almost 3 year hiatus due to eye issues (with my monthlies.). So far, I havenít had any issues getting them in or out. I find them harder to put in since they seem ďfloppierĒ then the monthlies. Iím using My Day Toric.
    DD (3/06)
    DS1 (7/09)
    DS2 (8/13)

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