Contact lenses don’t have to be worn exclusively by adults. There are many good reasons why you should consider contact lenses for your child. Though not every child will fit into contacts well, here are a few things to take into consideration before getting your child fit for contacts:
- Hygiene – Handling contact lenses increases the risk for bacteria being introduced into the eyes. A contact lens wearer, whether adult or child, must have good hygiene when it comes to their contact lenses. That means thoroughly washing hands before handling contact lenses, keeping the case clean and changing it out regularly, as well as changing the lenses on schedule. If you notice your child has good hygiene when it comes to other activities in their life, he or she may be a good candidate for contact lens wear.
- Maturity – We decide whether or not a child would fit into contact lenses by reviewing the child’s level of maturity, though you know your child best. Observe your child’s maturity level compared to their peers and make sure to ask them about wearing contacts before deciding for them.
- Activities – If your child participates in sports and other activities that require moving around, glasses could become a problem. Fitting your child into contact lenses in order to alternate between contacts and glasses could be the solution to this problem. Here at Eye Consultants, we sell Daily disposable contact lenses. This type of contact lens is perfect for children in this position. He or she would simply wear a pair of contacts during activities and sports and dispose of the contacts when they are finished.
- Consistent Lost or Broken Glasses – If your child continuously breaks and/or loses their glasses, switching him or her to contact lenses might be the solution. This would eliminate the responsibility of keeping track of their glasses and keeping them safe.
- Compliance – In the end, it comes down to whether or not your child is willing to try contact lenses. It makes things more difficult when the parent makes the decision for their child. Make sure your child would be willing to try contact lenses and that they fit the above characteristics.
If you believe your child is ready to try contact lenses, feel free to call our office and schedule a contact lens consultation with your doctor. We have many options for children when it comes to contact lenses and we will work with them during the entire fitting process.