Contact lenses are a good vision correction option for those who don’t prefer to wear prescription eyeglasses. They can be better for sports since they aren’t as vulnerable as the frames and provide better peripheral vision. However, is it safe for kids to wear contact lenses?
Here are frequently asked questions about children and contacts.
What Is the Right Age for Contact Lens Wear?
Your child’s age doesn’t matter as long as they are responsible enough to wear contacts. They must be able to follow instructions from you, the doctor and the one that comes with the contacts. Most optometrists say that kids usually start wearing contacts in their early teens or preteens. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the ideal age is between 10 to 14.
Are Kids More Prone to Problems Related to Contact Lens Wear
Children aren’t at higher risk than older teens and adults for complications from contact lenses. As long as they follow proper wear and care, they shouldn’t experience issues with contact lens wear.
What If Proper Contact Lens Care Isn’t Followed?
Bacteria can grow on contact lenses if they aren’t cleaned properly. These microorganisms can penetrate the corneal epithelium, a thin layer covering the cornea. This can result in eye infection and even corneal ulcers, which can cause pain and vision loss. Remove the contacts if your child has eye pain or noticeable eye redness and contact your vision therapy specialist as soon as possible.
They should only use contact lens solution for cleaning their lenses and not tap water or saliva. Hands must be thoroughly washed and dried before handling the contacts. Once removed, contacts should be placed in their case with fresh solution. The case should be replaced every three months to avoid the risk of eye infection. Also, make sure your child doesn’t sleep in their contacts to avoid infection and other complications.
Are Disposable Contacts Recommended for Kids?
You can choose between daily disposable lenses and planned replacement lenses. Both are safe for your child as long as they follow the wear and care instructions. Daily disposables should be thrown and replaced every day while planned replacements can last for weeks or months.