Ask yourself this: Does your child find that wearing their glasses during sports or dance is an inconvenience? Are your child’s glasses always, dirty, crooked and broken? Is it a nuisance when their glasses steam up when they come into the house from the cold weather? Does your child want to wear sunglasses in the summer months or need goggles for winter sports? You may want to consider contact lenses.
Fiction: The prescription should be stable before a child can be fit with contact lenses.
Fact: The prescription does not need to be stable before fitting children with contact lenses. In most cases, the prescription continues to change as a child grows, and most children are fit with disposable lenses, which are replaced every day. When the prescription changes, the next order of contact lenses can be adjusted to reflect the new prescription.
Fiction: Children can’t handle contact lenses.
Fact: It has been shown that children as young as eight can successfully handle contact lenses. With appropriate instruction, most children can put contact lenses in their eyes and remove them easily. A recent study indicated that the average time to instruct a child on how to handle contact lenses is about 30 minutes, which is similar to the time it takes to instruct an adult.
Fiction: My child is too young for contact lenses.
Fact: Children of any age can be fit with contact lenses. In fact, babies as young as a few weeks old can be fit with contact lenses to promote better visual development after, for example, cataract surgery. Children as young as eight years old can be very successful contact lens wearers.
It is important to realize that not all children (or adults) are suitable for contact lens wear, but your Optometrist will definitely be able to try a variety of lenses to find the right one for your child!
Visit Milton Optometry to find out if contact lenses are a good choice for your little one.