When is too young to wear contact lenses? What contact lens is best for a child?
If you’re thinking about letting your child wear contact lenses, it’s important to do your research first. There are a few things you should keep in mind, such as the type of lens, how often they need to be replaced, and whether or not your child is old enough to handle them. Here are a few considerations to help you make the best decision for your family.
Firstly, when is too young to wear contact lenses?
Ask yourself and your child a few questions.
- Does the child want the contact lenses?
- Does the child have good hand hygiene?
- Is the parent home each morning and night to ensure correct insertion and removal?
- Is the parent able (with training) and willing to remove the child’s contact lenses?
- Is the parent able to attend all the child’s appointments?
If so, contact lenses may be an option. There is no defined age that contact lens wear becomes an option. It is a decision between the parent, child and optometrist.
Contact lenses are often NOT successful because it is something that the parent thinks ‘is a good idea’ but the child is hesitant and not comfortable with their finger (or their parent’s finger) touching their eye. If so, wait. Contact lenses will always be an option when they are older, more confident or more motivated.
Secondly, what is the best contact lens for my child?
Each child is different, but the first contact lens is almost always a daily disposable contact lens They are more hygienic and often more comfortable that other styles of disposable lenses. They are also great for part time wear if your children wants to wear them for sport.
Most optometrists will start with a daily disposable contact lens and when the parents, patient and optometrist are happy that everything has been successful, other options of contact lenses may be considered.
Children can safely and successfully wear contact lenses! They may take a little bit of time to get used to them, but once they do they can be a great option for your child. So don’t be afraid about asking your optometrist about contact lenses for your child!