If you’re child wears glasses – either now in the future – a question they may well eventually ask is whether they can wear contact lenses. But parents are often unsure about whether contact lenses are safe for children, or whether their child needs to be a certain age in order to wear them. This brief guide is intended to help you with these questions.
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What are the advantages of contact lenses?
One of the main advantages identified in a study is that many children who wear contact lenses rather than glasses feel better about their appearance. This is one probably the most commonly cited reasons for wanting contact lenses.
However, the biggest of advantage of contact lenses has to be when it comes to playing sports. Glasses can be dangerous when playing sports such as football, as they can break and cause an injury. For this reason, contacts are a safer alternative in this situation.
Deciding whether your child can wear contacts
Despite the advantages of contact lenses, good eye health is crucial and contacts can increase the risk of an eye infection if not cared for properly. For this reason, you should consider whether your child is ready for the responsibility. The most important factor is personal hygiene.
There is no specific age requirement in order to wear contact lenses, but the deciding factor is the child’s maturity and ability to handle the responsibility.
How to get fitted with contact lenses
If you’ve decided to let your child wear contact lenses, or get an expert opinion, the first step is to schedule a contact lens fitting with a local optician. The optician will then determine which contact lenses would be the best fit for your child, and usually provide trial lenses.
The trial period usually lasts 1 to 2 weeks, during which time you can see how your child adapts to wearing contacts, and your child can decide whether they are comfortable. After this period, you should visit the optician again to talk about how the trial period went. If all is well, then the optician will supply you with a written prescription with all of the details.
There are a lot of different types of contact lenses, including daily, two-weekly and monthly lenses. Generally, daily contact lenses provide a healthier option because they are thrown away at the end of the day and require less maintenance. However, they do cost more than two-weekly and monthly lenses.
When you take your child to the optician, they should provide you and your child with advice on taking care of the contact lenses in order to maintain good eye health. This advice will help keep the contact lenses clean and your child’s eyes healthy, so it’s important to follow it.
Once your child has been fitted with contact lenses, help them to take good care of their lenses and ensure they follow the optician’s advice. If there are any problems, then you should schedule another appointment with the optician.
It’s always important to bear in mind the optician’s advice, and to only wear the contact lenses which have been prescribed by an optician. Additionally, you should schedule eye checks and contact lens checks at least annually to make sure your child’s eyes are healthy and that the prescription hasn’t changed. Contact lenses have a number of advantages, but it’s essential that they’re cared for properly.