It stands to reason that when a child is prescribed glasses for a vision issue, either the child himself or his parents are going to inquire about contact lenses at some point. Each child may have his or her own reasons for wanting to try out contact lenses, and there are different aspects to consider when deciding if a kid should wear contacts or not.
It’s not always a matter of age, as some kids are just more equipped to deal with the everyday process of inserting and taking out contacts. The eyes of most children can handle contact lenses physically, but their maturity level may not make it possible. Most young kids will likely have no problems catching onto the concept of contact lenses, but it’s the daily routine that gives them a problem.
If you get the go-ahead from the eye doctor and are considering contact lenses for your child, let his other personal habits be your guide. How does he handle other regular responsibilities Does he keep up with chores well Does he require constant badgering or instruction to keep up basic personal grooming Is his schoolwork usually done on time These types of things can give you a strong indication whether he’s ready for contacts or not.
If you have to issue constant reminders, especially in matters of hygiene, now might not be the time for contacts. It’s quite important to keep contact lenses disinfected and clean, and the process must be followed everyday. Even one or two missed days can result in an eye infection or other irritation that may make him not want to wear contacts at all.
On the other side, if your child never needs any reminders to get things done and gets excited about new responsibilities, give contact lenses a try. Younger kids may even follow the daily instructions more closely than a teenager, especially when the importance of sticking to the routine is explained.
Younger kids are also less likely to suffer from dry eyes, which often cause problems with contact lenses for adult wearers. Basically, if your child seems ready and able to handle the responsibility and expresses an interest, ask the doctor and get the contact lens experiment started.
If it comes about that your child is good to start wearing contact lenses, you may notice some immediate benefits. Sometimes, a child doesn’t like how they look in glasses, or that they have to wear them at all. Switching to contacts may give a boost to their self-confidence.
Some studies have indicated that many kids and teens feel better about their appearance while wearing contacts as opposed to glasses. Sports are another area where contact use benefits a child.
While wearing contact lenses, the entire field of vision is within the prescription, so both straight ahead and peripheral vision is enhanced. Kids also don’t have to worry about glasses sliding off their face or being knocked onto the ground at any point of the game.