When Can My Child Wear Contact Lenses

Parents with a child prescribed corrective lenses often ask a Optometrist what age their child can wear contact lenses instead of eyeglasses.

Age is not the determining factor when deciding if your child is able to wear contact lenses. While many infants and toddlers wear them yet some teenagers shouldn’t, each case is very different. Here are a few things to know that will help you decide whether they are a good choice for your child.

Some contact lenses can slow the progression of nearsightedness.

Several studies have revealed that specially designed PG lenses worn overnight – orthokeratology – can slow down eye growth. The growth of the eye in children is what results in progressively increasing nearsightedness or myopia.

Some contacts are healthier than others

The corneal tissue of the eye needs oxygen to remain healthy. GP contacts allow oxygen to pass through them to reach the eye much better than some soft contact lenses. Another advantage of GP contacts it they don’t absorb water from the eye ( unlike soft lenses ) moisture that the eye requires to be healthy as well.  Because they don’t dry out their eyes your child’s eyes will stay comfortable throughout the day.

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Contact lenses are better for sports activities

Eyeglass lenses are available in polycarbonate however breakage of the frames can result in injury. Children wearing contact lenses for sports activities will still require protective goggles giving them better peripheral

( side ) vision. Wearing contacts even with the protective goggles provides them with better awareness and performance.

If your child is using the orthokeratology lenses for myopia control they will experience an added advantage when playing sports. Worn only at night the ortho k lenses have the residual effect of crisp vision during the day as well. As a bonus your child doesn’t have to worry about losing a lens or getting dirt between their contact and their eye when participating in sports.

Most children would rather wear contacts than glasses.

Teens and even younger children can be very aware of their appearance and their self esteem is can be affected if they need glasses. For this reason they may not wear glasses which can have an impact on their academic performance at school. Contact lenses can address these issues and help them socially as well.

Most eye care professionals report better results with children with contact lenses. So happy to have contacts rather than glasses they even take the care and cleaning of them seriously.

Need more information about your child and contact lenses contact Dr. Alex G. Wilson and Associates in Calgary.

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