My daughter will be thirteen next month and wants contacts..What should I do?

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Sara - posted on 04/13/2009

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I think 13 is old enough for contacts as long as she understands that they need to be taken very seriously, because misuse of them can lead to very adverse side effects and even blindness. I just like to use scare tactics with my younger patients so that they understand how serious misuse of contacts can be. If you think she is responsible enough to clean them as she needs to, not sleep in them and switch them out when they should be, then let her get them.

Sara - posted on 04/13/2009

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I say go ahead and get an eye exam for contacts and glasses. it usually costs about 10 bucks moredepending on where you go. They always give you a free pair of contacts to try out, usually they are monthly contacts. Let her try them for the first month, if she does great, order her some more. If she doesn't do so hot, just don't order anymore. the first pair was free. :D

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I was about that age when I got contacts. It was so nice. I felt so constricted and confined with glasses. I was very big into sports and glasses gave me tunnel vision, which made it hard to do my best. I had so much more confidence with contacts. I felt like everyone was seeing me and not my glasses. I've been wearing them for 13 years now.

Becky - posted on 04/13/2009

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My soon to be 13 yr old wants them too!  I was only able to get contacts after I was able to pay for them myself since my parents were on a tight budget growing up. I have no problem letting my daughter get them. I like mine better than my glasses.



I would say let her get them, as long as the dr says its fine and she knows what a responsibility it is.

Emily - posted on 04/13/2009

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I see much better with contacts than glasses. I noticed the difference teh second I put them in. I was fourteen and I still wear them.

Katie - posted on 04/12/2009

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Let her have contacts! My parents got me contacts when I was in the 7th grade and I was so grateful since I'd been wearing bottlecap glasses since the 3rd grade. She has to understand that there are responsibilities that come along with wearing contacts, but that's a good lesson to learn at that age anyway.

Shana - posted on 04/12/2009

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I wanted contacts when I was 13 also.  My parents would have agreed if the optometrist would have ok'ed it.  He said that adolesents' eyes change more rapidly so it was not good for me to get contacts until I was 18.   If the dr. will let her have them and she is responsible, there is no reason to not give them to her.  I would however wait for the summer since when you start wearing them you can't wear them for a full day right away.  Over the summer she would be at home and be able to take them out after a few hours.  Make sure that her glasses are the same rx so that she doesn't have trouble adjusting back and forth at the beginning.

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I think that contacts are such a great thing. I needed glasses since I was in the the 1st grade. My mom finally let me have contacts when I started high school, if I remember right. Anyways they were one of the best things in my life. They make all the difference in the world and I don't know what I would do without them. I'd say as long as she understands all that goes with it and is responsible enough you should go for it. Go to your eye doctor and talk about it. Get information! They can change her world for the better!

Stevie - posted on 04/12/2009

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i dont think contacts are a bad thing i once wanted some but was then told i didnt need glasses anymore haha but you need to make sure she understands that it comes with big responcablities to make sure you take them out clean them and so one cuz they can be expencive to lose or to get more of but hey just wait soon enough it will be a car...but how do you feel about contacts

Jamie - posted on 04/12/2009

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I think it depends on the maturity level of your child. I know my parents didnt let me get mine until I was int he 8th grade. 

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