are contact lenses appropriate for children?
If your child is interested in wearing contacts, you may be wondering if he or she is old enough. But a child’s maturity and ability to handle contact lenses responsibility is more important than age alone.
Physically, a child’s eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. Even infants can be fitted with contacts to treat congenital cataracts or other eye conditions present at birth.
In a recent study that involved fitting nearsighted children ages 8-11 with one-day disposable contact lenses, 90 percent of the kids had no trouble applying or removing the contacts without assistance from their parents.
Take a look at how your child handles other responsibilities. Does he have good personal grooming habits, keep his bedroom and bathroom clean, and follow through with schoolwork and household chores?
If children need frequent reminders to keep things clean and follow good hygiene practices, they may not be ready for the responsibility of wearing and caring for contact lenses. But if they handle such duties well, they might be excellent candidates for contacts.
Children are naturally great contact lens wearers if they accept the responsibility for them. They typically are highly motivated to wear contacts and usually adapt well to them. Contacts are great for sports, and they can help boost the self-confidence of kids who don’t like the way they look in glasses.
Children also are less likely to have dry eyes – a condition that can cause contact lens-related problems for adults.
If you’re not sure whether your child is ready for contact lens wear, Dr. Andrews will be glad to discuss the pros and cons with you at your next eye exam.