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Old 07-15-2007, 07:25 PM   #1
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Can a 10 year old wear contacts?

My 10 year old daughter is going for her yearly eye exam tomorrow. She wants to try contacts but I'm not sure she would be able to take them in and out. She keeps telling me that a couple of other girls her age at school has them. She is very mature for her age so I think she would take care of them good, she has never lost or broken her glasses. I just don't know if she would be able to do them by herself. How hard are contacts to take care of and get in and out of your eyes.

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Old 07-15-2007, 07:27 PM   #2
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I would think as long as she takes care of them right she should be fine. I wouldn't see why not
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:44 PM   #3
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My daughter got them for her 10th birthday last summer. She loves them!

At first, she wore them every day but now she will wear her glasses about one day a week or so. she doesn't have any trouble getting them in and out. she has the kind that she wears for 30 days (taking them out each night) and then throws them away so the one time that she did drop one it wasn't such a big deal as she had another new lense to use.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:47 PM   #4
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Mine got them in 5th grade.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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My DD7 had her eye appointment last week & asked the doctor that question. He said when she turns 12. (Bless his heart--he also said ONLY if it was OK w/ mom.)

Now I don't know if that's a hard & fast rule for him - whether he'd do it earlier if I wanted him to. He probably uses 12 as a general guideline.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:48 PM   #6
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If her prescription is strong (and gets stronger at each exam) or she has astigmatism they may suggest she wait. I started at about 13 and quickly went from soft to gas permeable lenses because the soft didn't correct my vision as well or correct the astigmatism. Lenses have improved since then, though. The biggest concern I would have as a parent would be hygiene. It is easy to get used to handling the soft lenses but they also can get nasty pretty quickly. I never used disposables, but they are supposed to help minimize this problem. She can probably handle it if she is a responsible kid.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:05 PM   #7
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It's a 5th grade "thing" to want to shed the glasses and switch to contacts. You stated that she is mature. After watching many students (teacher), my advice would be to reward her maturity with the contacts.

Explain to her, however, that not all eye problems can be solved with contacts. I have tried them and haven't had any luck due to "dry eye". The lenses get blurry, as if looking through dirty plastic, after about 10 minutes. My doctor advised me to give up after trying several different brands.

Good luck to her. I hope she can get them.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:07 PM   #8
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Yes, 10 years old is fine. Both my kids did well with them. A study done by OSU recently has suggested that kids benefit and do well with contacts at this age. If your kid is responsible, then I say go for it!!!
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:47 PM   #9
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DS got his first pair when he was 9 and DD got hers when she was 8. My mom has worked for our opthomologist for over 30 years and she has had many patients get them around age 10. A lot of it depends on the child and his/her level of responsibility and maturity.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:59 PM   #10
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i got them at 10. but i went through phases. sometimes i wore them, but most of the time i didn't. this was before the niftiness of diposable contacts. i hated the fact that i had to clean them and then the cleaning solution would burn my eyes even after i soaked and rinsed them.

i think she'll be fine with them as long as you feel she is responsible enough to take care of them.
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:15 PM   #11
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I posted this same question 6 months ago. (and got similiar responses) Since then I let my 11 year old get them. She's also very responsible and has no trouble getting them in and out. It was great that she didn't have to wear them to play basketball. She (and I) are glad she got them.

However, she has a friend who got the ones that you can wear overnight. The friend ended up with an ulcer in her eye. I don't know that that had to do with her age though.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:20 PM   #12
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My DD got them right before her 10th bday, she wore them a lot at first, then only when playing soccer. She does great with them but prefers her glasses, we just bought new glasses but I assume in the fall she will be wearing contacts for soccer.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:24 AM   #13
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Thanks for all of the responses. I think I will let her go ahead and try them. She is going into the 5th grade and is starting to get more self conscious about herself. She thinks she isn't pretty with her glasses. I tell her she is beautiful either way, but she is getting braces in 3 weeks so maybe this will help boost her confidence before she gets the braces.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:57 AM   #14
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I got them for my birthday when I was in 5th grade. I have worn them ever since and I'm...um older. I never had any problems. If you think that she would take care of them I would do it.
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:44 AM   #15
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My DD got them at 11. The doctor asked her and me a lot of questions about why she wanted them. He wouldn't do it strictly for vanity (YMMD). In our case, DD does a lot of sports. She's also very responsible.

Interestingly, she's hardly worn them all summer. She doesn't like to wear them in the pool (smart kid!) and doesn't want to take them in and out all day. Make sure she has a good back-up pair of glasses.
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