One of the most common questions that I hear from parents is, “When is it appropriate for children to start wearing contact lenses?”

Contact lens wear is not a matter of age. Many infants and toddlers wear them; some teenagers shouldn’t. In other words, every case is different. Here are a few things you should know to help you decide whether contacts are a good idea for your own children:

Contact lenses are better for sports activities.

Even if your child is wearing polycarbonate eyeglass lenses, if the frame breaks, it too can cause injury. With contacts, he or she can wear protective goggles. Your child will also have better peripheral (side) vision, for better awareness and performance.

Many children, and most teens, would rather wear contacts than glasses.

The self-esteem of children and teens is closely related to their appearance. If they don’t like the way they look in glasses, it can affect their personality, their performance in school, even their future. Once they start wearing contacts, many shy kids come out of their shell and begin participating more in life.

We have great results with kids and contact lenses.

I find that kids of all ages usually take contact lens wear seriously and are more likely than adults to follow cleaning instructions to the letter.

No eye doctor will prescribe contact lenses for children or teenagers who aren’t ready for them or who don’t have a good reason to wear them. And they don’t hesitate to unprescribe them if a child doesn’t take good care of them.

 

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