Young Children & Contact Lenses

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    More and more often, young children seem to be wearing contacts these days. To many adults and parents specifically, this almost seems like a strange and unnatural development. 

    Not too long ago, eye doctors wouldn’t even recommend contact lenses for children who were younger than 12 or 13 years of age. 

    Now, you can find Acuvue contacts on the countertops of younger children everywhere. The fact is, young children don’t often want to wear glasses, for a variety of different reasons – sometimes they’re shy about glasses, sometimes they’re too active for them, etc. Whatever the case, as a parent dealing with correcting your child’s vision, you need to know that contacts can be okay for younger kids. 

    When this topic comes up, most parents simply worry that their children won’t be responsible with contacts. Keeping them clean, putting them in and taking them out at appropriate times, not losing them, etc. These are all things that you will have to teach your child and enforce in the early going, because if you can remember back to the first time you wore your contacts, they do take some getting used to. However, once the habits are instilled, your child should be perfectly responsible with his or her contacts, and managing them will simply become part of the routine. Plus, have you considered the alternative? Kids are far more likely to damage or lose glasses, which can be expensive to replace. 

    Some parents also worry that contacts at too young an age might be damaging or uncomfortable for their kids’ eyes. However, this is an invalid concern. The reason that eye doctors typically don’t recommend contacts for young children is not based in health or comfort, but simply in maturity. It is generally assumed that young children won’t want to deal with contacts, and would be better suited to spend a few years with just glasses. So, just because it is historically less common to see contacts in young kids, don’t assume that there is actually anything wrong with it. 

    Ultimately, the most important thing for you to do as a parent dealing with your child’s vision issues is to listen to what your child prefers. Correcting vision is very important, and it should be up to your child whether or not he or she is willing to try contacts. If it seems like it won’t be a problem, then you have nothing to lose by at least trying it out. Just be sure to keep tabs on your child, and check frequently to make sure that he or she is being responsible about using the contacts correctly, and not wasting them. 

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