Children and contact lenses
It may take a little time for a child to adapt to wearing contact lenses, but to most children it will soon become second nature. Whether they’re using them as a confidence booster or to make playing sports at school easier, children are usually enthusiastic wearers of contact lenses.
An increasing number of children and teenagers are now wearing contact lenses. But at what age can they start wearing contacts? As it all depends on how mature your child is, and how willing they are to take care of their lenses, you are probably the best person to make that decision.
You are the best judge of your child’s level of maturity and responsibility, but try not to underestimate them. A study has found that more than eight out of ten children and teenagers found it easy to clean and care for their lenses after three months of wearing them.
If you’re at all unsure, talk to one of our expert optometrists. They will be able to tell you whether your child is suitable for contact lens. They’ll also check if your child is able to insert and remove the lenses safely.
The most popular lenses for young people are daily disposables. That’s because they do not need to be cleaned and stored away after every wear. Disposables tend to be more convenient and hygienic too. Two-weekly, monthly and toric lenses are also a possible option, but the choice of lens will ultimately depend on your child’s suitability and prescription.