Many children who need eyeglasses start asking their eye doctors about contact lenses long before their parents bring it up. This article is designed to answer some of more common questions regarding children wearing contact lenses.
At what age can my child wear contact lenses?
This is probably the most asked questions and it has the least exact answer. Children as young as 5 or 6 years of age may be able to wear contact lenses, but other children approaching adulthood are still not ready. Of most importance is not the child’s age, but their level of responsiblity for their hygiene, their eyeglasses, and their chores around the home. Contact lenses require effort to be worn safely without complications. Parents are the best judge of whether their child is ready.
Which contact lenses are best for children?
Most pediatric eye doctors will recommend single use daily wear contact lenses for children. These are contact lenses that are only worn for one day and then disposed of. They cost a little more than lenses that need to be cleaned, but the benefit is fewer infections, better compliance, and a better chance of successful contact lens wear.
What are the risks for my child wearing contact lenses?
Just like adults, there is an increased risk of eye infections and irritation to the eye while wearing contact lenses. Therefore, it’s important that your child’s eye doctor and their staff train your child in the proper cleaning and care regimen. In addition, it’s important that children let their parents know if they are experiencing any discomfort or problems with their vision.