For parents of most short sighted children, there comes a time when glasses are no longer appealing, and questions about contact lenses arise. However, determining when a child is ready for contact lenses is not simply a question of age.
Physically, the eye is able to tolerate contact lenses from a very young age. Young children and even babies are regularly treated with contact lenses for conditions present from birth. However, they are not routinely prescribed for children for the correction of myopia (short sightedness), despite the prevalence of the condition, due to practitioners’ concerns about a child’s ability to insert and remove lenses, clean and store them properly, and remember to remove them at night.
Walline’s study ascertains that daily disposable lenses are therefore a great option for children and young teenagers, as they do not require daily cleaning and disinfecting. They are comfortable and convenient, and allow for frequent replacements accommodating growth and development of the child’s eyes. Their advantage over extended wear lenses (which can be worn constantly for 30 days and then simply disposed of), however, is that they teach children to be aware of their lenses and in turn the health of their eyes. They still need to take the time every morning and night to insert and remove the lenses, and get into the habit of thoroughly washing and drying their hands before touching the eye area.
Whether contact lenses are suitable for your child is a question that can only be answered by your child, and each case must be judged on individual merits.
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