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Thinking about getting contact lenses for my 16 year old child.

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Thinking about getting contact lenses for my 16 year old child. Can someone give me some advice? He has approximately -7 sphere and -0.5 cylinder on his glasses.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you able to chat right now?
Doctor DanB : He can get either contacts that correct for astigmatism or ones that do not. Given how little astigmatism he has, he may elect to just forego lenses with astigmatism correction because they can be more difficult to line up the axis when the lenses are in for the clearest vision. Either way, he should get some of the newer lenses that allow plenty of oxygen in (called high dK value).
Doctor DanB : It will of course be very important to establish good contact lens hygiene from the start.
Doctor DanB : he should always take the contacts out at night and clean them daily. Despite how they are advertised, contacts should never be slept in. 
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I'm concerned about the astigmatism correction that contact lenses can actually provide. Will they move around in eyes and cause uncomfort? How long does it take for a new contact user to get used to "putting stuff in eyes"?

Doctor DanB : The contact lenses for astigmatism do not cause any more discomfort than regular contact lenses. Generally it takes one to two weeks of using the contact lenses every day to be able to get used to them.
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