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There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not your child is ready for contact lenses. To help you make the right decision, here are three key questions to you need to ask yourself: 

1. Are contact lenses safe?
Physically speaking, contact lenses are safe for children at a younger age than you might realize. In some cases, infants are fitted with contact lenses for conditions that are present at birth. And unlike adults, children are less likely to suffer from dry eyes, which makes them better candidates for wearing contact lenses. 

2. Is my child ready for the responsibility?
The answer to this is obviously subjective. Only you know if your child is ready to take care of his or her contact lenses. Think about how they handle current responsibilities, such as homework and chores. Are they having issues with that? If so, contact lenses might not be in their best interest until they can properly manage these aspects of their life.

Another option to consider is offering your child disposable contacts in lieu of a single pair of permanent lenses. Not only will disposable lenses help ease with your child’s level of responsibility, but they can also help you avoid paying a hefty replacement cost in the event that something happens to your child’s permanent lenses. 

3. Are contact lenses beneficial for my child?
Contacts may be safer for your child’s eyes, particularly if they are involved in sports. What’s more, contacts can also help increase your child’s range of vision more than glasses.

In addition, contacts may be a boost to your child’s self-esteem. Multiple studies indicate that the self confidence in teenagers saw a significant increase when they switched from glasses to contact lenses. This confidence also carried over from the social aspect of their life to their athletic performance. 

If you’re thinking about switching your child from glasses to contact lenses, give us a call at 814-234-6060 to schedule an eye exam. Our practice is more than happy to assist you with the transition and can recommendation the best options your child.

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