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Question Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 08:41 AM

Should I get 'em? Frankly, I don't have any problem with my glasses but I just wanna try contacts one. So, are they harmful? I once read about a boy whose lenses melted on his eyes (due to contact with heat) and he lost his eyesight. So basically, I just wanna know that are contact lenses really harmless? And should I get them right now, at 14?
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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 12:36 PM

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Should I get 'em? Frankly, I don't have any problem with my glasses but I just wanna try contacts one. So, are they harmful? I once read about a boy whose lenses melted on his eyes (due to contact with heat) and he lost his eyesight. So basically, I just wanna know that are contact lenses really harmless? And should I get them right now, at 14?
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The story of the person whose contact lenses melted into their eyes is untrue, but there have been many variations of it. The one I once heard was about a woman who forgot to take her contact lenses out before lying in a tanning bed. This one was an urban legend, as well.

Are contact lenses harmless? Yes. They take a while to get used to because your eyes aren't used to having something attached to them. This may cause some initial reddening of the eyes, but nothing that can't correct itself and certainly nothing to cause blindness. This is why you only use them for a small amount of time at first until your eyes adjust, because they have a tendency to "irritate" your eyes (again, not to the extent of causing blindness). Your eye doctor will be better able to answer any health concerns you have about getting them and they will assist you in any way you need them to when you first put them on.

Your age is fine for getting contact lenses, so that is not a concern.

I only offer this advice because you asked.

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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 02:16 PM

I got contacts when i was 12. They do take a while to get used to. Your eyes aren't used to having something that close. So contacts are harmless. They are a lot of work. Try them if you want. Hope this helped!





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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 04:15 PM

My sister is 38 and she got her contacts at maybe 16? But, that was in the 80's. When the contacts would dry out your eyes and everything. If she was okay, lol you will be too. I'm gonna get colored contacts that are non-prescription.


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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 04:29 PM

Thanks all for your advice. I guess I'd get contacts after all. ^_^


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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 04:35 PM

I had contacts when I was...15? I think. I loved them, but I had to special order ones for my left eye (have astigmatism of the left eye). Anyways, I never had any issues.

They are safe and your age shouldn't matter. As long as you are able to put them in and take them out on your own, you should be alright having contact lenses.
   
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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 07:52 PM

I got contacts when I was fourteen. Honestly, I've had a lot of eye infections & I've had to switch brands pretty much every year, but I think I just have sensitive eyes. I don't think it's necessarily an issue because of the contacts. These are all questions you can ask your eye doctor as well though.
   
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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 08:08 PM

I got contacts about a year ago, and in my opinion they are so much better than glasses. They actually didn't take that long to get used to for me, but maybe that's because I really just hated glasses. The only thing I don't like about them is having to put them in. Sometimes it gets annoying, especially when you drop them. The part that is hard to get used to is when it comes to actually putting them in. But once they are in, it's definitely worth it. I'd suggest having a pair of glasses as back up, though. When you're sick you don't feel like putting contacts in, and sometimes it's just more convenient to put your glasses on. But contacts are great, and I think they're worth trying out.





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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 14th 2012, 08:30 PM

I would recommend trying contact lenses if you can afford them. I've had mine for about 4 years and I've never had any serious problems. As long as you sanitize them properly and wash your hands whenever you know you're going to touch them, you should be fine too. Keep in mind that they are relatively pricy, though. So, make sure this is something you really want to try before you invest in them.


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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 15th 2012, 04:44 AM

Okay! I guess it's worth a try! Thanks for your suggestions everyone!


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Re: Contact Lenses? - April 16th 2012, 09:35 PM

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