A Guide for Children and Contact Lenses

If your child has impaired eyesight and is in need of glasses, this can be a relatively simple solution, but what happens if your children do not get on with glasses? Whether this is because they might be sensitive to having things on their face, they might be particularly active, which means glasses could feel like nothing short of a nuisance, or for any other reason, depending on their age, contacts could be an alternative solution to correcting their eyesight.

While the same rules apply for adults as they do for children for contact lenses, there are a few things that should be considered when it comes to children using contacts.

Read this piece as a guide for children using contact lenses


Assess Your Kids Hygiene Levels

Hygiene is an absolutely crucial component to contact lens care, and without it, contacts are just too much of a risk to use.

Age will also be a factor in this, as older children will be able to understand hygiene much better than younger children and hopefully adhere to it better.

It is up to the parent to determine if their child can handle this responsibility, as it is vital to keeping infections and other problems at bay. You will also need to make sure they understand the risks associated with using contacts and the problems they could face if they do not adhere to strict hygiene measures. 


Consider Allergies

If your children suffer from allergies, they might not be the best candidate for contact lenses, especially if the allergies can be particularly harsh. Streaming and itchy eyes do not make for a friendly environment for contacts, and this much is true for adults too- but children might have a more difficult time dealing with these symptoms and keeping their contacts in place without dislodging them or putting their fingers in their eyes when they have not been washed.

If your child only suffers from mild allergy symptoms and is old enough to understand to take them out when allergies flare up, then under the supervision of an optician, they could give lenses a go. Allergies are not a deal-breaker for contacts as long as the hygiene and lens rules are consistently followed. UV protection contact lenses are a great daily option for the summer months, as they also protect from UV rays from the sun, which can damage the eyes.

Lenses to Correct Vision for Children

There are some contact lenses that have been designed specifically for children to slow down near-sightedness, which can be a technological breakthrough that many kids from age 8-12 could benefit from.

They are designed to be worn throughout the day and disposed of in the evening like regularly daily lenses, but are designed to slow down myopia while they are worn. This could be life-changing for children who not only hate wearing glasses but also have a rapid deterioration of sight, potentially helping to keep them from having to change their prescription regularly.

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