Many parents ask pediatric eye specialists if contact lenses are safe for children. Though many might balk at getting contact lenses for their young children, from a physical perspective, a child’s eyes can tolerate contacts very early on. In fact, some infants have been fitted with contacts due to conditions such as congenital cataracts or other conditions present at birth.
As such, if you are considering contact lenses for kids, you should examine how responsible your child is with other situations – rather than worry about the physical safety. Does your child have good habits when it comes to grooming, keeping his or her bedroom / bathroom clean, and homework?
Should your child handle these responsibilities well, your child could be a good candidate for wearing contacts, and Dr. Rosa can help! Offering pediatric optometry to patients in San Diego and Encinitas, Dr. Rosa Optometry can help make sure your child’s sight issues are a thing of the past. Read on for more information about contacts for children!
Sports and Contact Lenses
If your child is active in sports, contacts do offer many advantages over glasses. You may worry about glasses breaking and potentially causing an injury, even if they are constructed with impact resistant lenses. Sports contact lenses can eliminate this worry and even provide benefits, such as an unobstructed view and better peripheral vision.
Contact Lenses Can Building Self-Esteem
Many children can be self-conscious about wearing glasses and wearing contacts can help improve how they feel about themselves. In fact, a recent study found that children wearing contacts often felt better about their appearance.
Another reason for your child to wear contacts is to correct and/or slow the progression of myopia or nearsightedness. While the concept is controversial, some studies have shown that some types of contacts can slow the progression of nearsightedness.
If your child does switch to contact lenses, remember that this is not a permanent decision. Should your child not adapt well or fails to responsibly care for the lenses, your child can return to wearing glasses. Wearing contacts can be tried later as your child grows up.
Remember; when considering contacts for children, your child’s maturity level and his or her ability to hand the contacts responsibly is extremely crucial. This is more important than just the age of your child.
If you are interested in contact lenses for your child, it is important to discuss this option. Dr. Rosa, a specialist in pediatric optometry in San Diego and Encinitas, will be happy to answer all your questions. Contact us today for more information!