>> May 7, 2014
Contacts are, for many people, a much preferable alternative to wearing glasses for many reasons, among them reasons pertaining to aesthetic appeal and comfort. Whilst it’s understandable that many children don’t want to wear glasses, just how much do you know about contacts and should you buy them for your child?
Here are a few considerations to be aware of and understand before buying contacts for your child as an alternative to wearing glasses.
This is one of the most commonly asked questions among parents whose children wear glasses though are considering buying contacts for them.
There’s no set-in-stone answer to this question because there’s no set-in-stone age at which children can start wearing contacts – every case is different and needs to be treated differently.
Here are a few things to consider with regard to an appropriate age to start wearing contacts.
- Assess your ability to monitor your child’s use of contacts
If your child is under the age of ten they’re probably not ready for the responsibility of cleaning their contacts and taking note of times to take them out and/or put them back in. This means that you must be prepared to take on the responsibility.
- Assess your child’s level of responsibility
If your child is of an age, for example in their teens, where they should (theoretically) be able to take responsibility for themselves with regard to wearing contacts, is your child really responsible enough to follow an optometrist’s exact instructions for the use and care of contacts each and every day?
- Assess the benefits of wearing contacts over glasses
There are often benefits associated with wearing contacts over glasses, but do these benefits pertain to your child and just as importantly, are they worthwhile enough to warrant the effort of having to monitor your child’s contact usage?
Wearing contacts could benefit your child
Your child could benefit from wearing contacts in several ways, though not all, if any, are applicable to every child.
- Better self-esteem
This is a prominent reason amongst adults for wearing contacts and it’s just as, if not more, relevant to children as well.
You undoubtedly remember children being teased at school for wearing contacts and it’s only natural to want your child not to have to endure such torment – no child wants to be different from their peers.
The boost in self-esteem that children often benefit from by making the switch from glasses to contacts can result in better friendships and even better grades at school.
- Better peripheral vision
One of the most outstanding benefits of wearing contacts over glasses, and one that affects practically everyone who wears them, is better peripheral vision.
If your child enjoys exercise and sport you could consider buying contacts for them to wear when playing sports.
- Better vision
In some cases, though not all, wearing contacts over glasses can actually improve their vision over time.
This is naturally something to speak to your child’s optometrist about, and you might like to also discuss contact lenses that can improve theirvision, of which a notable example are rigid gas permeable lenses.
Educate your child
If you’ve decided that the benefits of wearing contacts apply to your child and you’re ready to accept the responsibility of taking charge of your young child’s contact usage, or entrust the responsibility to an older child or teenager, you must educate them about the importance of adhering to the optometrist’s advice and avoiding eye infections.
Contacts for children can be a blessing or a curse – ensure it’s the former.