Contact lenses for kids and teens:
This is honestly one of the top questions we get from our patients. The answer has never been an easy one because of a number of factors from family dynamics to the maturity of the child or teen.
I have found my professional philosophy on this topic is evolving with the new technology at play in the contact lens industry. Before, I recommended as a rule of thumb that girls be at least 12 and boys generally be at least 14- 15 years of age. I told parents it was basically about hygiene and personal responsibility. If they had to tell the child/teen to shower, brush their teeth and put on deodorant then chance were good that the child/teen wasn’t ready for contact lenses due to the care and proper hygiene involved with contact lens wear.
The new generation of daily contacts makes it more possible for children/teens to possibly be able to wear these lenses for sports, school and other events. These lenses require little in terms of care other then clean hands and appropriate insertion and removal. There isn’t much cleaning and no storing of worn lenses which are disposed of in the rubbish bin.
These lenses make a great option for your young scholar athletes. The increased peripheral vision and depth of focus are but two of the benefits, and of course wearing spectacles while playing sports puts them at risk of breakage and possibly lead to injuries.
Here at Optique, we have our patients try some trial contacts to see if they are the right fit for the patient and their lifestyle. The new generation of daily contacts are a safe and cost effective way for children, teens and adults to ease into contact lens wear. If you are interested in exploring your vision correction options call (918)743-9918 and speak to our wonderful staff.