For many parents, the traditional response to discovering that their child requires some help with their eyesight after taking a test, is to consider ordering a pair of glasses for them. This is especially true if the child is younger than a teenager, as it is generally believed that using contacts could be a challenge, but the issue is more complex than that, so should your child wear contacts?
How ready is your child?
According to specialist Lenstore UK, a key aspect to ensuring you achieve safety and success in using contact lenses is determining whether your child is mature enough to tolerate wearing contacts and whether they understand and want the benefits that they can bring compared to wearing glasses. Another important issue in deciding their suitability is to evaluate if your child is able to take directions and instructions from the eye doctor and following those care procedures on a regular daily basis.
What is the best age?
There is no specific recommended age as it is all down to how your child handles responsibilities and whether they already tackle regular daily chores and tasks without having to be reminded. You need to make an honest assessment of your child’s maturity and overall sense of responsibility, as only you will be able to properly visualise their ability to handle taking this daily ritual comfortably in their stride without having to be supervised or reminded once they are comfortable with the procedure.
Benefits of contact lenses for your child
There are a number of key points that are important to consider when you are considering contact lenses for your child. The first point is that your child can achieve better vision by using better optics than you can often get with glasses, especially if you opt for certain types of contacts such as rigid gas permeable lenses, depending on the advice you are given as to the best prescribed solution.
Your child will also be able to enjoy better peripheral or side vision as a result of using contact lenses.
Another important consideration especially when you consider how self-conscious some children can be, is that wearing contact lenses rather than glasses could help to improve their self-esteem and make them less concerned or worried about their appearance and how other children view them.
Important lens considerations
There are certainly more than a few key benefits to wearing contact lenses over glasses and many children positively embrace their use once they become accustomed to how to use them properly and know how to avoid possible infection.
Any child using contact lenses has to be fully aware of the importance of avoiding eye irritation and also possible infections by following a series of rules surrounding their use. Your child should be made aware that they should never swap or share their contacts with anyone and for the girls, they would have to make sure they apply makeup after inserting the lenses and not before, also switching to hypoallergenic products specifically designed for sensitive eyes.
Type of lenses
The eye doctor is best placed to suggest the right type of contact lens for your child and they may prescribe disposable soft lenses which are changed daily rather than the less expensive disposables which are worn for about two weeks before being discarded. The ability to learn how to change their lenses will come much quicker and improve their overall experience if they have to change the lenses on a daily basis and it would quickly become part of a morning routine.
If your child needs help with their eyesight after taking a test, you should then take the opportunity to fully evaluate the pros and cons of glasses against contact lenses, after which you may well find that contacts offer a stronger argument and will be subsequently well received as a positive choice by your child.
Chelsea Miller is an optical technician who enjoys working with children. Her articles mainly appear on children’s health blogs. This blog was written on behalf of Lenstore UK.