Contacts or Glasses?

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Fri, 09/27/2019 - 9:00am
Contacts or lenses?

If you have a child who wears glasses, you may wonder when there is a good time to introduce them to contacts. Converting your child from glasses to contact lenses is a challenge with many pros and cons. 

Is My Child Ready for Contacts? 

You know your child best. It’s important that you feel confident they can handle wearing contact lenses and properly take care of them. If you do not feel they are responsible enough to wear contacts, you may consider placing the idea on hold. 

Children who are responsible enough to change contact lenses and care for them properly (especially if they will wear reusable contacts) can experience real benefits from them. 

At times you will see children feel more confident when wearing contact lenses. Those who play sports may benefit greatly from switching to contact lenses and may even experience performance gains. 

The Downside to Contacts

One major concern with contacts is their cost. Sometimes regular eyeglasses are a cheaper option to correct a vision issue when compared to contacts. Once your child decides on contacts, the cost can increase if they choose a specific brand or type of contact. Daily disposable contact lenses, for example, may be much more expensive than regular eyeglasses and even other types of contacts. And even if your child switches to contacts, it’s still a good idea to keep a spare pair of glasses with them as a backup. 

Before switching your child over to contacts, it’s important to have a conversation with them and your eye care professional about the advantages and disadvantages. Visit Pycraft Family Eye Care, your Wooster family eye care professionals, for additional questions regarding contacts.