Contact lenses for Kids
Contact lens care can be challenging even for adults, so is it really okay for children to wear contact lenses? This question is asked by thousands of parents every year, and while many have different views on the issue, there is no right or wrong answer to the question. Many children these days do wear contacts from a very young age, and learn to care for them in the same way they learn to brush their teeth daily. The risks of children wearing contacts however can be serious, as there is a potential for eye infection if not properly cared for, greater potential for eye irritation and discomfort, and children naturally may have problems inserting or removing contacts without adult assistance.
How should I determine if contacts are right for my child?
As with all things, maturity level and responsibility level play a factor when considering if your child is ready to wear contact lenses. If a child can remember daily cleaning routines, or if a parent can remember to assist their child with their daily application, early contact lens wear may be beneficial for your child. Your child’s lifestyle factors should also be taken into account. While sports eyeglasses are manufactured, most children who participate in athletic events will find it much easier to compete while wearing contact lenses as opposed to sports goggles. Many parents even feel that learning how to use contacts early at a young age can help teach their child responsibility and proper hygiene habits.
Most Children Don’t Want to Wear Glasses
Additional considerations should be made for children who simply don’t want to wear glasses. While glasses these days are more closely associated with fashion than they used to be, many children, especially those approaching their teen years may feel self conscious wearing glasses, and would prefer not to wear contacts, even with additional work and upkeep.
It’s important to consider children’s self esteem and personal preference when considering the switch from eyeglasses to contacts. Generally speaking, if a child wants contacts bad enough, it’s likely that they’re ready to make the switch. Make sure to consult your eye doctor prior to changing to contact lenses, as they can offer valuable advice on lens care, a prescription for lenses, and overall support for their lens wear.
Modern Advances in Technology
One benefit available currently that was not always around in the past is the option for children to wear disposable contact lenses. Daily disposable contacts eliminate sanitation issues many children have, and are much lower maintenance than normal contacts would be.
Daily disposable contacts also eliminate much of the initial discomfort associated with lens wear that children experience since they’re always fresh, and are known for highly moist lenses that do not dry out like many other lenses would.