When Contacts replace Glasses

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 25th, 2015 32 Replies

A few years ago, Amara started wearing glasses, which was not surprising since her Mom had worn them as a child and pretty much everyone else in the family wears them. She had asked her Mom when she started wearing contacts and her Mom told her to go ask me about that story.

Jenna's school photo in her glasses about 1985

It was the mid 80s and Jenna must have been about 12 or 13 when she decided she wanted to wear contacts instead of glasses. Jenna had worn glasses all the time since she was about four so you couldn’t blame her. I took her to the eye doctor at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. I don’t remember the name of the place but it was similar to Lens Crafter. After spending some time with the doctor who was unable to get the contacts into her eyes he sent us home – with the contacts! We would figure it out. I wore contacts at the time but they were and still are hard lenses so I wasn’t sure how much help I was going to be but she wanted them and she was convinced we would get them in – eventually – so home we went.

Jenna couldn’t even get her finger within 3″ of her eye without snapping her eye lids closed. She tried and tried. Then I tried and tried. There were many tears and a lot of frustration and 3 days later, they had still not been in her eyes but we had somehow managed to lose one on the bathroom floor. We found it all shriveled and dried up a few days later. I am thinking it was 5 years before she ever tried contacts again.

Last weekend Amara asked me when I had started wearing contacts. I was about 17 and I hated my glasses and couldn’t see a thing without them! I have very vivid memories of how much those contact lenses hurt that first week but I was determined! Now I just want to get cataracts so that I can have the surgery and throw my contacts and glasses both away!

Yesterday Amara had her eye doctor’s appointment and I got to go with her and her Mom. She needed to have her prescription increased and would need to start wearing her glasses most of the time. “What about contacts? I’ve been thinking about them for a while”, Amara said. Her eye doctor thought it was a great idea but Amara would have to go through the training to learn all about them. Unlike her Mom’s experience, Amara would have to learn to clean her lenses and take each one in and out 3 times by herself before she could take them home. She got a little frustrated at times but she did it! We were all so impressed. She started yesterday wearing them for 2 hours and would increase by 2 hours until she gets to 12 and that is her limit. We went shoe shopping afterwards and she loved being able to see so well without having her glasses on.

Amara in her new contact lenses and her pink and purple braces

She is just growing up much too quickly!

32 thoughts on “When Contacts replace Glasses

  1. Nana Diana

    You little grandgirl looks darling- I am so glad contacts are working for her. That is a big accomplishment.

    Ah- yes- I had gas permeable lenses for years and loved them. Finally I went to wearing one-(I am near sighted) that gives me the best of both worlds- I can see close up without a contact in and far with it in. Amazing how the brain does that automatically. xo Diana

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Wow, that is really interesting. I wear gas perms but they correct for what they call mono-vision. My right eye has a close up prescription and my left eye has my distance prescription. The logic is the same. Apparently some people have a problem adjusting to it but it works for me! And I definitely see better with my contacts than with my glasses.

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Beautiful, she looks beautiful. I wore glasses through school, got contacts at 18, wore them until I was well over declaring I was a senior citizen, but went back to glasses when my eyes just got too dry. Here’s to fifty years of easy wearing for Amara. :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I’ve been wearing my hard contacts for 48 years now and I’ve been lucky not to have any issues with dry eyes (she types with her fingers crossed!) I am hoping I can continue to wear them until those cataracts finally set in — which the doctor has said aren’t even beginning to form yet so I may have a long wait!

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  3. Rhonda

    I’m so happy she was finally able to get them in. It will be a piece of cake for her now. I started wearing contacts when I was 17 and still wear them to this day. I hope she enjoys them, she’s a beautiful young lady.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Rhonda! She is pretty darned awesome. Today was the first day she got to wear them to school as she is up to 8 hours today but she went with her case and her glasses just in case. It can dusty on that playground and it may take a bit of time to adjust. She sure is happy with them!

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  4. Launna

    Kc… I am thrilled that Amara could wear contacts… I am glad they made her learn how to clean them and take them in and out of her eyes… I never had a problem wearing mine at all but I can rub my eyeball with my finger… I know odd… it made wearing contacts very easy. I don’t know since I have progressive lenses and I would have to get torqued lenses… I think that is what they are called, the ones with weights, I guess I will just stick with glasses…

    So sorry to hear about Jenna’s issues with them, did she ever learn how to put them in ?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You look very cute in your glasses and hopefully you aren’t running around the playground where they may go flying off! She is really excited about all the new sunglasses she can get and wear!

      Jenna finally conquered her contacts and loves them. She probably has 4 or 5 pairs all in different colors. That was another thing Amara immediately started discussing after we left the eye doctors — she could get different colored ones! She is her Mommy’s girl!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      All of the Moms agree that this has really been the year of growth. Amara has gotten so much taller – talk about long legs! She has a different maturity about her, too! We’ve done a lot of comparing of pictures of the kids recently and it is just amazing how much they have changed since they all started Kindergarten together.

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  5. Joyce

    Amara looks beautiful and contacts will allow those amazing eyes to light up the world unobstructed!
    I bought hard contacts while in college and never could get them in or wear them. My experience was the same as Jenna’s. When soft ones became available, I had no problem and wore them happily for years.
    In my grandma years, though, I like my glasses!
    Jenna was always so cute – I had huge lenses like hers in the picture – they were quite the style!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is not one of Jenna’s favorite pictures but she loved that dress she was wearing. Yesterday was “picture day” at school and I was there helping for the first hour and all I could think about was that picture of Jenna.

      I actually tried soft lenses in my mid twenties but at that time they couldn’t get the prescription even close to what it was with my hard lenses. To me they are just so much easier to clean, put in, etc! With hard contacts there is never a chance that you have one inside out!

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  6. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Hooray!! The move to contacts from glasses was such a liberating and exciting time for my middle daughter (Megan… mom to my grandsons). Amara looks beautiful and thrilled! I’m so happy the experience went well!

    Yay for contacts!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara sure is happy with them. Since she had to get new glasses too for when she isn’t wearing her contacts this visit to the doctor sure took a big bite out of the Benny’s Card!

      Yay for insurance!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I agree completely! When I have my glasses on it is like you get tunnel vision. My morning doesn’t seem started until I shower and put in my contacts.

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  7. Stephanie Faris

    I found out I needed glasses at 15. I immediately asked about contacts. I didn’t even own a pair of glasses for the first three years. They gave me soft contact lenses–the kind that lasted about a year but would get protein deposits. Soon after (I think 1987 or so?) I saw an ad for “disposable contacts” on a vision center’s billboard and asked my doctor about them. I wore disposable contacts for the next 25 years. I still have disposable contacts in my medicine cabinet but I only wear them for special occasions like date nights. I can no longer see close up with my contacts (but I can with my glasses–which aren’t bifocals). My eye dr. said eventually most people get to the point where contacts don’t work anymore, so wear ‘em while you’re young! Nobody told me that until I hit my 40s and started having problems wearing them. (The dry eye thing gets people as they get older, too.)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Jenna recently went through a situation where she became allergic to the brand of disposables she was wearing. Just like an allergy her eyes got all itchy and red. She had to switch to a 2 week pair and she is holding her breath that they day she has to give them up never comes! She now loves her contacts.

      I’ve been really lucky and not had any dry eye problem — maybe it is less common when you wear hard lenses but that really makes no sense. I think I am just lucky. So far I’ve been able to get around the reading problem by wearing mono-vision lenses, one is for close up and one is for distance and it works. Took my brain about 5 minutes to get used to the idea. It makes some people very nauseous. Again, I’ve been lucky!

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  8. KImberly

    Recently at Bible Study a friend was stressing over her child who is in training, but isn’t getting very far at putting her finger in her eye. So great that Amara was able to so quickly. Now it is probably like brushing her teeth or any other routine. I never wore glasses, so my forties were quite a shock. Now I have a pair of cheaters in at least every room. It is quite comical in the classroom, where every student’s job is figure out where I took the glasses off the last time.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love that you have all those students to help you find where you put them down! I wear my glasses to get to bed at night and put them in a certain spot on my nightstand — because if I can’t find them by touch I can’t see to find them at all!

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  9. MJ

    Wow! She is growing up fast and very beautiful! That’s great that she caught on so fast. Contacts have always scared me and I just don’t know how people can put those in and out of their eyes! Although I’m sure if I had to wear glasses for a few years, I would figure it out too :)
    Also, I must not be as up to date on Bloglovin as I thought. I signed up to follow you and got one or two emails then they stopped so I thought maybe you weren’t writing as often. Well I see that’s not the case (#busymom#cluelessblogger#)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is like so many things today – they’ve made such huge improvements in them that they are very comfortable for most everyone. For most it is just getting that finger up to the eye!

      Ad for Bloglovin it is not you. They are having some technical difficulties. First it was the feeds and now it is also the emails. But they say they are working on it! Technology!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She is growing up much too fast! I just got home from going with her and her Mommy to get the contacts checked and she is doing great! She also got to pick up her new glasses and boy do they maker her look older! Birthday in 3 weeks! How do I stop the clock?

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  10. Sandy Siegel

    So happy for Amara getting contacts! I really miss wearing them. I actually only wore one in my left eye for reading & used my right eye for distance, like you do with your contacts. For whatever reason, there is a limit on the number of birthdays I can have & still get away with contacts. So now I’m stuck with wearing glasses – or using a white cane. I’m looking forward to cataract surgery someday too, but like you, I think it’s a long way off.

    Enjoy those contacts, Marzie! You look marvelous!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      But you look so cute in your glasses! Not all people do and some of us have glasses so thick you can’t see my eyeballs! The number one thing that keeps me wearing contacts is my camera! I hate trying to focus and having my glasses between my eye and the viewfinder. You watch — I won’t get cataracts or anything until I am 95 — which I plan to be!

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  11. SarahBeth ~ Along Magnolia Lane

    The beauty of her eyes just pop out!! Good for her for keeping with it — sounds like she really has an exceptionally good eye doctor too! I started wearing glasses in 3rd grade, and then wore contacts starting at 20 or 21 on until a few years ago when I went back to glasses.

    Bravo for Amara!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I know I am prejudice but she does have beautiful eyes and she got those amazingly long eyelashes from her Daddy! Her eyes really are too pretty to hide behind glasses if she doesn’t have to.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Hi Steph,

      Thank you so much for stopping by AmaraLand! I think sometime kids have a much easier time with these things than us adults have! She is really loving them and she is just fascinated with the differences between her soft ones and my hard ones! I stopped by your blog – 56 foster children! Amazing! But your best adventure is in front of you! You will truly love it!

      Have a great week!

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