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.
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.
She is just growing up much too quickly!