Can children wear contact lenses? What is the best age for children to start wearing contact lenses?
Doctors have determined that age is not a determinant when it comes to contact lenses. This is because it has been noted even infants can comfortably accommodate contact lenses with no physical issues or side effects. The real determining factor when it comes to lenses is the specific needs of the child, traits and the ability to handle responsibility. For instance, there are 8 year olds who are able to manage contacts better than 13 year olds and this clearly shows the issue of contacts is not really determined by age but other surrounding factors.
What will determine if your child is ready for contact lenses?
1. The child’s readiness for the responsibility.
As a parent you can determine if your child is ready for the responsibility by looking at simple aspects in them. For instance does your child keep personal hygiene standards without being reminded? If the answer is yes, this shows that he/she will be comfortable with the contact lenses responsibility which require high hygiene standards.
2. Doctors view regarding contact lenses.
Your doctor must first give an opinion or suggest if lenses are a good option for your child. If the doctor has suggested that contact lenses might be an option for your child you can consider trying them.
3. If your child is actively involved in sports contacts are a better option than glasses.
There are sports contacts made for children actively involved in sports. These will eliminate the inconvenience caused by wearing glasses during sports. There is always a risk of wearing glasses during sports so contacts remain the best option for children in sports to engage comfortably.
Contact lenses available for children.
Parents can now choose a variety of contact lenses for their children depending on needs and some of the lenses include:
1. Silsoft lenses.
These are the most common lenses for aphakic children because they are easy to fit and also simple to maintain. They easily permit oxygen to penetrate the eye and they are extremely soft to wear considering that they are made from silicon polymer. They have high power and most children can easily handle them.
2. Rigid-gas permeable lenses.
RGD lenses unlike silsoft lenses allow accurate correction of the visual error in children. This lenses however must be fitted by well experienced and trained expert because proper fitting is of extreme importance.
3. Silicon hydrogel soft lenses.
These contact lenses are recommended to children but they require close monitoring by the parent because erosion may occur due to wrong fitting. They require high care standards compared to silsoft lenses and this is the reason they are less common in children.
There are still other lenses but the doctor can help you select from the other options depending on the needs and requirements of the specific child.
Will contact lenses benefit your child?
Contact lenses are highly beneficial to your child and they may assist. For instance, contact lenses can help your child improve in sports by avoiding glasses that disrupt sports. They offer a wide view and better viewing compared to glasses.