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How To Decide If Your Child Is Ready For Contact Lenses

If your child is in need of vision correction, you may begin to wonder whether you can get them contact lenses in addition to glasses. While most children can safely wear glasses not all of them can wear contact lenses safely. Here are some guidelines that will help you to decide if your child is a good candidate for contact lenses:

Level Of Maturity

When deciding whether or not your child is ready for contact lenses, the maturity level of the child is one of the greatest indicators that they are ready for the extra responsibility that comes with wearing contact lenses. Here are two signs you should look out for to decide if your child is mature enough for contact lenses:

  1. Watch how your child performs their daily chores. Look to see if they are diligent in their approach to their tasks or if they neglect their duties. How a child handles their responsibilities is a good way to gauge whether or not they are ready for the extra responsibility that comes with wearing contact lenses instead of glasses.
  2. Poor personal hygiene or grooming habits are a major indicator that your child is not ready for the responsibility that comes with contact lenses. Contact lenses must be applied with care and require cleaning in order to prevent eye infection, a child with poor personal hygiene habits is likely to neglect caring for contacts which can lead to an eye infection.

Contact Lenses For Sports

Sometimes you have to get your child contact lenses for safety reasons. If your child is involved in sports then contact lenses are usually the best choice to prevent accidents caused by limited vision. Children who play contact sports while wearing glasses run the risk of getting their glasses knocked off.

Perspiration may also streak the glasses preventing your child from seeing properly. Instead of glasses, you can get tinted contact lenses so that your child's eyes are protected from the glare of the sun. Ask your eye doctor about soft contact lenses, since these are the best choice for children who play sports, especially contact sports.

Soft contact lenses will fit closer to your child's eye than rigid contact lenses. This makes it nearly impossible for them to be knocked out or shifted during sporting activities.

Making the decision to get your child contact lenses should be based on your child's personal needs as well as their ability to take care of the lenses when you are not available to help them. To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company like Langley Optometry Clinic.