When it comes to vision options for your child, it’s never too soon to consider switching them from eyeglasses to contact lenses.
As with many things in life, the answer depends on a variety of factors. And it depends on your own unique child and his or her ability to be responsible. There is no age requirement for contact lenses and more children every day are using contact lenses to improve their vision.
Contacts can be a great fit for any child responsible and mature enough to take care of their contacts and their vision. Eye care for children though is a complicated subject which can have lifelong ramifications, since a child’s ability to learn can be hindered by bad eyesight.
While it may be tempting to go contact shopping online, it’s always wise to visit with a family eye care professional, as your child’s introduction to contacts should come from a professional who can teach them how to insert and remove their contacts.
It is recommended that you start with daily disposable contacts for your children making the switch, as disposable contacts require less maintenance. This may also be a great option if you question your child’s maturity level to properly care for everyday lenses.
And lastly, respect the change your child is undertaking and help where possible. Also keep their pair of eye glasses around as a way to help ease them into the process of wearing contacts.