Is My Child Ready to Wear Contact Lenses?

by Wendy Cai on August 11, 2014

Being a kid isn’t all fun in the sun, running through the sprinklers and eating push pops. It can be a very stressful and trying period of a person’s life.  There are those crucial defining moments that can throw a world into complete chaos.  Exhibit A: The whole “Santa Claus” thing. Further down the list is the not so traumatic but equally upsetting visit to the dentist where he finds out he has a cavity and has to get a filling. And right on par with having cavities is that fateful day when the horrible eye doctor tells him he has to get glasses. Wearing glasses could be detrimental to his social life. Let the countdown to the day when he can make the transition from glasses to contacts begin.

There are many benefits to wearing contacts over glasses. If your child is an athlete, contacts offer much more comfort and convenience than having to wear sports goggles. The big question then becomes, “When is it appropriate for a child to make the shift from glasses to contacts?” Sorry to disappoint, but there’s no exact age. Responsibility and maturity are the key the factors. Wearing contacts comes with a lot of responsibilities and can lead to dangerous consequences if care isn’t taken. So before you decide to switch your child over to contacts, sit them down and figure out the following questions.

Do you have a child that wears contact lenses? We would love to hear how you decided when he or she was ready. Tell us in the comments!


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{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }' Fred Summers June 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

I was in first grade when I got my first pair of glasses. I know I would much have rather had contacts especially when I got older and into sports. Its sad that there is still a social stigma among kids about glasses but its still there. I think that your point that contacts for kids relies on their responsibility is true. And really I think that having glasses and making sure they stay clean and not broken is just as hard as contacts.

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