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Is It Safe for Young Children to Wear Contact Lenses?




Jan 9

Is It Safe for Young Children to Wear Contact Lenses?

An increasing interest in contact lenses over glasses is observed among young children. This preference can be attributed to a variety of reasons, including comfort, aesthetics, and practicality. As a parent, you might feel apprehensive about allowing your child to wear contact lenses. The question then arises: is it actually safe for young children to wear contact lenses?

Is there an age limit for wearing contact lenses?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there is no set age limit for the use of contact lenses. The decision should be based on the child’s maturity, responsibility, and understanding of proper lens care. Additionally, a thorough eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist is crucial to determine if a child’s eyes are ready for contact lenses.

Contact lens wearers, regardless of age, must adhere to proper hygiene and cleaning instructions. This includes washing hands before handling the lenses, using contact lens solution, and regularly replacing the lenses as prescribed by the eye care professional. 

Benefits of Contact Lenses

When it comes to the benefits of contact lenses for children, there are several key points to consider. Firstly, wearing contact lenses can lead to improved self-esteem as they allow children to participate in activities without the encumbrance of glasses. Secondly, they offer better vision for activities, especially sports, where glasses could pose a hindrance. Lastly, contact lenses provide improved peripheral vision compared to glasses, giving children a broader field of view.

Risks and Safety Concerns

While there are clear benefits to using contact lenses, it’s crucial to be aware of potential risks and safety concerns. These include eye infections, dry eyes, and corneal abrasions. However, with proper hygiene and care, these risks can be significantly minimized.

Recommendations for Proper Use

To ensure the safe and effective use of contact lenses, here are some recommendations. Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling lenses. Clean and rinse lenses as directed and use only products recommended by the eye care provider. Avoid using water or saliva on lenses and strictly follow the prescribed wearing schedule. Never wear someone else’s lenses, and always have a prescription for any lens worn. Remove lenses immediately if eyes become irritated and consult an eye care provider. Avoid sleeping with lenses on unless approved for overnight use. Lastly, regular check-ups and adjustments with an eye care provider are essential to maintain optimal eye health.

Contact an Experienced Eye Doctor

The decision to switch from glasses to contact lenses should not be taken lightly, especially for young children. It’s vital to emphasize the importance of proper hygiene and care when handling contact lenses. Parents are encouraged to consult with an eye care provider to discuss the benefits and risks, ensuring the best possible vision solution for their children.

At Trumansburg Optical, we’re here to provide guidance and support every step of the way. We believe in making informed decisions for your child’s eye care, and we’re committed to helping you do just that. Contact us for more information.

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Dr. Neil F. Henninger

Dr. Henninger has been practicing Optometry in the Finger Lakes area since 1992. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry. Dr. Henninger is a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association and the Southern Tier Optometric Association.

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