If you’re a contact-wearing adult, you know those small pieces of plastic can make a world of a difference in both function and fashion. But can children find the same benefits with contacts? Here are a few facts about children and when they may be ready to move on from glasses.
When can children start wearing contacts?
Biologically speaking, age isn’t a factor when it comes to being ready for contact lenses. Contacts aren’t detrimental to eye growth, and children are also less likely to have dry eyes which can cause issues with contacts.
Many parents fit their infants with contacts to offset eye conditions that are present at birth. But children at any age can begin wearing contacts, from infants all the way to teenagers.
Benefits for children
Vision quality. Getting your child’s eyesight adjusted earlier in life is important for proper learning both in school and at home.
Self-esteem. Many children prefer to wear contact lenses over eyeglasses. Allowing them to feel better about their looks can help their social behavior at important ages.
Freedom. Contacts can allow for easier movement in sports and play.
Easier to replace. In many cases, contacts can be easier (and cheaper) to replace than eyeglasses in the event that they become damaged or lost.
Deciding if your child needs contacts
There are many factors to consider when deciding if your child should start wearing contacts. The first is to have an eye exam to check for proper eyesight. Annual eye exams can test for nearsightedness and farsightedness as well as unseen conditions or diseases.
Your child’s responsibility should also be considered. If your son or daughter practices good hygiene, has good organizational skills, and can take care of their possessions, they may be a good candidate for contacts.
You should also consider whether or not your child plays sports or is involved in fast-paced competition. Lenses and frames can easily break during contact sport like football and wrestling, but contact lenses can stay safely on the eye during rapid movement.
Getting contacts for your child
Think your child is ready for contact? Give us a call. We’ll help educate you and your child on the benefits and responsibilities that come with contact lenses, and get them started on a life with better eyesight.