When can children wear contact lenses?
of children with vision problems often worry that they may not be ready
for contact lenses, or think that they are only suitable for adults.
But the truth is that contact lenses can be worn at any age. You may be
surprised to learn that even some infants and toddlers wear contact
lenses because of congenital cataracts or eye conditions discovered at
Age does not determine whether a person can or should wear
contact lenses; instead, contact lens wear is determined on a
So if you’re worried about your child wanting
to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, you needn’t be; in fact,
there are many benefits for children who wear contact lenses, including
the ability to participate in sports and increased self-esteem—just make
sure they’re ready for the added responsibility.
Playing sport is easier with contact lenses
contact lenses is not only safer, but children often feel more
comfortable participating in sports when they don’t have to worry about
something happening to their glasses.
If your child’s glasses
break during sports, it can be very costly. Not only that, if the frames
snap they can potentially injure your child’s face and eyes. Glasses
also tend to get foggy during intense sport, making it harder for your
child to see.
Contact lenses give children a sense of freedom and normality, removing any barriers to participation in sports.
Self esteem for children and teenagers
especially teenagers—are concerned about the way they look and don’t
like to look ‘different’ to their peers. If your child feels
self-conscious in glasses or simply doesn’t like the way they look, it’s
a good idea to consider switching to contact lenses.
display self-esteem issues when they are given glasses will often
return to normal when they have contact lenses, improving the way they
act and perform at school.
As contact lenses are practically
invisible, they are a great way to correct sight in young people that
feel uncomfortable in glasses or are teased for wearing them.
you are still unsure, remember that you can trial contact lenses with
your child, and if it’s not working out you can always switch back to
children are more than capable of handling the responsibility of wearing
and looking after their contact lenses. Most children from age 8
onwards don’t need any help from their parents to insert or remove
Wearing contact lenses requires a bit more care
and responsibility, and there is a routine that needs to be followed
that doesn’t apply to kids who wear glasses. If your child is good with
other responsibilities, chances are they will be the same with contact
Given the choice of glasses or contact lenses, children
are often naturally motivated to be responsible for their lenses. But
every child is different; so before deciding to buy contact lenses, make
sure you discuss the options with your child and explain to them that
if they switch from glasses to contact lenses they will need to accept
the added responsibility. This includes being careful when inserting and
removing their lenses and being diligent not to get particles
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