As a parent with two teenage children I got to witness the transformation from kids to teens (or as they like to refer to themselves, ‘young adults’). With both of them wearing glasses, and knowing that I work for Dr. Tavel Family Eye Care, it didn’t take long for them to inquire about transitioning from glasses to contact lenses.
But the question that most parents ask is at what age is a child ready to safely wear contact lenses?
According to All About Vision, a child’s eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. There are even instances when some infants are fitted with contact lenses due to congenital cataracts or other eye conditions present at birth.
In a recent study that involved fitting nearsighted children of ages 8-11 with one-day disposable contact lenses, 90 percent of the kids had no trouble applying or removing the contacts without assistance from their parents.
One way to determine if your child is ready for contact lenses is to take a look at how your child handles other responsibilities. Factors to consider are good personal grooming habits, keep their bedroom and bathroom clean, and follow through with school work and household chores?
If your children need frequent reminders to keep things clean and follow good hygiene practices, then sticking with glasses a little longer may be the way to go. However, if they handle such duties well, they might be excellent candidates for contacts.
Children tend to be great contact lens wearers if they accept the responsibility for them. They typically are highly motivated to wear contacts and usually adapt well to them.
Children also are less likely to have dry eyes, plus, younger children sometimes follow instructions about contact lens wear better than young adults, so they may have fewer problems with over-wearing their contacts or not using the correct contact lens solutions.
For more information on whether or not contact lenses are a good fit for your child, stop into one of our 19 Dr. Tavel locations and speak with our board certified optical staff.