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“When can I get contacts?”
This familiar question often occurs around back-to-school time when a child may have a renewed emphasis on their appearance. Many who were once satisfied wearing glasses, now want to wear contact lenses.
According to our eye doctors, parents need to judge a child’s maturity level, not age, when considering contact lenses for their son or daughter. A child who is only eight years of age but brushes their teeth and washes their hands without prodding, and overall listens well to instructions, can be a good candidate for contacts. However, a preteen without good hygiene habits, or who doesn’t remember to perform chores without reminders might not be a good candidate.
The availability of daily disposable lenses have made contacts much more suitable for younger wearers. With a one-day disposable lens, parents don’t have to worry about replacing a ripped or torn lens, or keeping the lenses clean for multiple days. Disposable lenses are also a good option for special events or for activities where glasses may get in the way. In fact, occasional wear is often the first step.
At Southern Dutchess Eye Care, first-time contact lens wear begins with a simple, 4-step process.
- A thorough eye exam is performed to assess your child’s vision correction needs and eye health.
- A contact lens evaluation and fitting is then performed to determine the prescription for contacts and doctor-recommended lens options.
- An instructional session includes practicing lens insertion and removal.
- A follow-up visit is scheduled to ensure your child has adjusted well to their lenses.
To limit the risk of an eye infection, contact lenses should be handled with clean hands only, and not be worn during sleep, while swimming/showering/hot tubs, or for longer periods than prescribed.