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What’s the Right Age for Children to Start Wearing Contact Lenses?

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One of the most common questions we eye doctors hear from parents is “How old does my child have to be to start wearing contact lenses?”

Contact lens wear is not a function of a child’s age. In fact, many infants and toddlers wear them. Every case differs, and it’s really just a matter of the level of maturity for the child’s age. I usually turn to Mom or Dad and ask if they think their child is ready to take on one more responsibility in addition to what they already have in his or her daily life. And the response usually indicates whether or not we will proceed.

Here are a few things that may help you decide whether contacts are a good idea for your own children:

What are the options for my child?

Most contact lenses that we fit today are of the soft variety. They can be replaced every day, every two weeks or every month. My preference for kids is the daily disposable lens. This option gives them a fresh, clean lens every day without any of the hassle of cleaning or storing the lenses. It’s the safest option.

The biggest responsibility with this type of lens is to make sure the lenses make it in to the trash can at the end of the day. That’s it! Recent advances in daily disposable lens material have made these lenses the most comfortable of all lens choices that I prescribe.

Contact lenses are better for sporting activities.

Even if your child is wearing polycarbonate eyeglass lenses, if the frame breaks during the game, it can still cause an eye injury. With contacts, he or she still has the option to wear protective sports goggles. On the field, contacts allow more freedom of movement, excellent peripheral (side) vision and less distortion than glasses. This can allow for quicker reaction time and improved performance.

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