Does your need to wear eyeglasses, or are contact lenses an option? Today, Nova Vision Center, your local eye care center, answers some frequently asked questions about children and contact lenses.
Q: How Young Is Too Young for Contact Lenses?
Children of all ages can technically wear contact lenses. The issue is not so much whether a child is physically capable of wearing them, but whether they’re mature enough to handle the responsibility and keep up with contact lens hygiene. The American Optometric Association (AOA) says contacts are appropriate between the ages of 10 to 14, but this will vary from child to child.
Q: How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready to Wear Contacts?
Contact lenses are medical devices that must be handled and used correctly. Ask your child why they want to wear contact lenses to get a better idea of their motives. Discuss with your child the steps involved in caring and handling contact lenses and ask them if they’d be up for that type of responsibility. Finally, consult with your eye doctor about your child’s readiness.
Q: What Type of Contact Lenses Are Best for Kids?
Eye doctors generally don’t recommend extended wear contacts for kids and teens. These lenses can increase the likelihood of corneal ulcers, which can lead to permanent vision loss. Disposable contact lenses are usually prescribed; these can either be daily disposables or planned replacement lenses. The former needs to be thrown away and replaced every day, while the latter can be reused for a set period of time.
Nova Vision Center offers optometry services to infants, teens, adults and seniors. Our family-friendly office environment is intended to help you feel comfortable and secure. Whether you are visiting for an eye exam or a contact lenses prescription, expect our experienced eye doctors to assist you every step of the way.
Call us today at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Arlington and Falls Church, VA.