For many people, wearing contact lenses is a convenient way to correct their vision. If your child has troubles with their eyesight, you may want to consider letting them wear contacts. However, how can you be sure your child is ready to take on the responsibility of wearing contacts?
Many eye care providers let the parents decide if their child is mature and responsible enough for contacts. Nova Vision Center recommends watching out for these signs that indicate your child may be ready for contacts.
Takes Proper Care of Their Eyeglasses
Your eye doctor recommends observing how well your child takes care of their eyeglasses. Glasses are expensive and delicate. If your child makes an effort to take good care of them instead of leaving them anywhere or losing them in a short period of time, they may be ready to wear contacts.
Demonstrates Good Hygiene
Contacts are medical devices. If incorrectly used, they can cause serious damage and irritation to the eyes. As such, poor hygiene may lead to an eye infection. To ensure your child can handle wearing contacts, they must demonstrate and follow good hygiene at all times. They should be responsible enough to wash their hands after using the bathroom or brush their teeth without being reminded too often.
Knows How To Insert and Remove Lenses
Most importantly, your child should know how to correctly insert and remove contacts on their own. Your optometrist may try asking your child to demonstrate the proper insertion and removal of the contacts without assistance in their office. Your child should also be able to repeat the proper care instructions and correct wear schedule. If they meet these requirements, rest assured your child is ready for contacts.
For more inquiries regarding eye care, talk to our professionals at Nova Vision Center. Call us today at (703) 578-3600 or visit our official website to set an appointment. We provide services in Alexandria, Arlington, and the surrounding VA areas.