With spare time on their hands, the Christmas holidays are a perfect opportunity for kids to try out contact lenses. As well as cosmetic advantages, contact lenses offer more natural vision and are more practical than glasses for many sports and other activities.
New developments in designs and materials mean that contact lens wear is healthier than ever before. The latest silicon-based materials let the eyes breath almost as well as when wearing no lenses at all. Increased lens flexibility and wettability offer unprecedented levels of comfort, allowing kids to adapt to contacts very quickly. Also, modern lens technology can cater for even the most complex prescriptions, including high astigmatism.
Contact lens wear has been revolutionized by the advent of disposable lenses. Replacement intervals vary from one day to one month, with daily disposables offering the healthiest, most hassle-free option. As the name implies, dailies are simply worn once and then discarded. That means you're putting fresh, clean lenses on your eyes every time you wear them - plus, you don't have to worry about cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Due to their convenience, daily disposables are particularly well suited to sports and social wear.
At what age can my child get contact lenses?
There is no set age that's best for starting contact lens wear. While some prefer to wait until their teens, children as young as 7 or 8 can be fitted very successfully. It all depends on individual motivation and maturity. In fact, when it comes to issues of hygiene and safety, I often find that children comply much better than our adult patients!
We can advise you on the most suitable contact lenses for your child's eyes and also arrange a trial to ensure they're just right for them. If you would like to know more just give us a call. We'll be pleased to answer any questions and arrange a free contact lens trial.