IS MY CHILD READY FOR CONTACTS?

Dr. Jim Martin 07/31/2014

1778570_orig.pngPoor eyesight and wearing glasses are often a difficult situations for children to address. The frustration associated with the inability to see, the pressure from peers, even the hindrance presented for an athletic child all seem to point to contact lenses as the solution.  Before investing in these corrective lenses, there are a number of factors to consider:

Maturity

One of the most important elements in making a decision to allow your child to wear contacts is to assess their maturity level. The maturity can be far more important than a child’s actual age.

A few points to consider:

  • How well does your child follow a personal hygiene regime?

  • Does your child keep their room and other personal spaces clean and tidy?

  • Do they handle the responsibility of their homework and other chores well?

Wearing contacts, though a very common approach to visual correction, has a great responsibility that comes with it. Not only is there the proper care of the lenses themselves, but the necessity for a child to follow the guidelines for wearing them.

The unfortunate reality is that individuals who don’t properly care for their lenses and their eyes while wearing them can create lasting and irreversible damage to the eye. This is true at any age.

Contact Lens Type

Once you and your child have agreed to contacts, see your doctor of optometry so they can determine the most suitable contact lens for your child.  Types on the market include rigid gas permeable, soft and extended wear, as well as speciality lens designs.

Working closely with the professionals at Broome Optical will aid both you and your child in finding the right fit. You will be delighted to see the improvement in self-esteem that often occurs in children who are able to shed their glasses for this alternative.  And at Broome Optical we believe "Life is Worth Seeing."

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