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Ask Dr. Tavel: Is My Child Too Young for Contacts?

POSTED ON August 9, 2011

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Q: My 11-year-old son wants to switch from glasses to contacts.  Do you think he’s too young? A: It might surprise you to learn that some Indiana eye doctors prescribe contacts to kids as young as eight to 10 years old. I understand this is a big decision for both of you, but his age isn’t the only thing to consider. The first thing to evaluate is how mature he is. It’s essential that your son regularly cleans his contact lenses and case. If he already ...

Q: My 11-year-old son wants to switch from glasses to contacts.  Do you think he’s too young?

A: It might surprise you to learn that some Indiana eye doctors prescribe contacts to kids as young as eight to 10 years old. I understand this is a big decision for both of you, but his age isn’t the only thing to consider.

The first thing to evaluate is how mature he is. It’s essential that your son regularly cleans his contact lenses and case. If he already practices good hygiene then he’s on the right path.

Find out why your son wants to wear contact lenses. Do his glasses interfere with sports? If so, then contacts might be right for him. If he’s self conscious about the way he looks, he may think contacts will help him fit in.

Your son might be a good candidate if he’s comfortable touching his eyes. You can help, too! If parents are contact wearers and can assist in putting in and taking out the contacts, then the success rate is higher.

There are many kinds of contact lenses for your son to choose from. If your son doesn’t want to worry about cleaning his lenses, your Indianapolis eye doctor might suggest Dailies® disposable lenses. Other types of disposable lens are made to change bi-weekly or monthly.

Schedule an eye exam with Dr. Tavel and ask about the eyewear options available for your child. Your Indiana optometrist will discuss fitting contacts for your son and explain everything he needs to know about wearing and caring for contacts.

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