Contact lenses offer kids and teenagers the freedom to participate in recreational activities without the hassle of glasses and can do wonders for a child’s self-esteem. 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.
Contact lens benefits for kids
- Taking part in sports and other recreational activities without the worry and inconvenience of glasses
- Contacts are less vulnerable to being lost or broken
- They don’t interfere with the peripheral or side vision of the wearer
- Ideal for children who don’t want to stand out from the crowd because of their eyewear
Teenagers and self-image
As kids turn into teens, they tend to become a lot more conscious of their self-image and what their peers think. For some, wearing glasses can feel awkward particularly if they don’t feel like they fit their image or if they play a lot of sport.
Today’s contact lens technologies open up a world of possibilities and we’re no longer tied down to glasses as the only vision correction option. Provided the child is deemed ready for the responsibility it can be a great solution for the self-conscious teen.
Is my child eligible for contact lenses?
Give your child the opportunity to see the world glasses-free. Book a contact lens consultation with one of our expert optometrists for a thorough assessment of their eyes and contact lens options.