Children & Contact Lenses

Contact lenses offer kids the freedom to participate in recreational activities without the hassle of glasses and can do wonders for a child’s self-esteem.

How early can children wear contact lenses?

While the eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age, the real question a parent needs to ask is whether their child is mature enough to take on the responsibility of wearing and caring for contact lenses. The decision is ultimately a joint one between the parent, child and your optometrist.

Provided that the child is taught the correct way to insert, remove and care for their contact lenses they are unlikely to experience problems or complications.

Advantages of Contact Lenses for Kids

  • Glasses-free solution for kids who participate in sports, dance and other recreational activities
  • Contacts are less vulnerable to being lost or broken
  • Contact lenses don’t interfere with the peripheral or side vision of the wearer
  • Confidence boost for children who don’t want to stand out from the crowd because of their eyewear

Contact Lens Wear – Do’s & Don’ts

  • Contact lenses must be prescribed by an optometrist
  • Ensure your child understands that the cleaning steps for contact lenses are vital for maintaining healthy eyes
  • Never allow your child to swap contact lenses with anyone else
  • If eyes become irritated, red or teary remove the contact lenses and consult your optometrist
  • Ensure lenses are not worn for longer than the prescribed time
  • Teach children to always carry a contact lens case with solution, should they need to remove their contact lenses
  • Glasses should ideally be carried as a back-up to contact lenses

Contact your local ProVision Optometrist to discuss the best contact lens solution for your child.