Sarah B. Wierda, M.D.
What are the benefits of contact lenses and at what age can a child safely wear them? Wearing contact lenses is not a matter of age, but instead depends on the individual's eye condition. Your child's ophthalmologist can tell you if your child is able to wear contacts. Boys Town Pediatric Ophthalmology shares tips to help you determine if contacts are a good fit for your child.
Contact lenses are small, curved plastic pieces shaped to fit eyes and help correct vision problems. The lenses float on top of a thin layer of tears on the cornea, the clear outer layer on the front of the eye. Contact lenses can correct most of the vision problems that glasses correct and can also correct problems glasses cannot. Some of the benefits for children with contact lenses include:
There are different types of contact lenses including disposable, soft and gas permeable. Each kind has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the wearer's need.
Contact lenses may not be right for your child if an eye disease affects the surface of the eye or if your child has trouble with cleaning responsibly. Remember, vision will change frequently and contacts will need to be replaced often. Schedule an eye exam at least once a year with a pediatric ophthalmologist to see if your child has any eye changes and if contact lenses are a fit for your child.