Kids & Contact Lenses: 4 Expert Recommendations

Contact lenses are a great way to for people of all ages to have clear, comfortable vision. Therefore, it’s no surprise that parents with children who want contact lenses have a lot of questions! Here are a few of the most common questions I’m asked about kids and contact lenses.

1) When’s the right age to start wearing contact lenses?

Honestly, there is no exact age. However, the average age of new contact lens wear is between 10 – 14 years old, according to a study completed by the American Optometric Association. In fact, babies can wear contact lenses for certain eye conditions.

The main concern I have is making sure your child is motivated and responsible enough to wear contacts since there are risks of infection and inflammation. Your eye doctor will talk to you about different contact lens materials and wear schedules so, together, you can determine your child’s best option!

Related: “Here’s How To Know EXACTLY What Your Baby Can See”

Putting in and taking out contact lenses can be more difficult for children than adults

2) Will my child have trouble getting their contact lenses in and out of their eyes?

Honestly, this depends on your child’s dexterity and maturity. Also, if your child has a strong blink reflex, they may have a tougher time learning this skill.

However, keep in mind, your eye doctor will also go over insertion and removal techniques along with the risks and benefits of wearing contacts.

3) Why should my child get contact lenses?

Contact lenses can build your child’s confidence and self-esteem as well as free them from wearing glasses while playing sports and enjoying outdoor activities. Get your child fit with contact lenses and watch their confidence soar in a multitude of areas! 

Related: “Kids In The Kitchen: How To Raise Healthy Eaters”

It is not recommended that your child sleeps in their contact lenses

4) Can my child sleep in their contact lenses?

While this is something I do not recommend, there are certain contact lenses that are approved for sleeping in (i.e. extended or continuous wear). This is certainly something to chat about with your eye doctor!

Curious if contact lenses are a good option for your child? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!


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Rachael Wruble, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Wruble sees the eye as a piece of the puzzle – interconnected to the rest of the body. So a problem with the eye can be a result of a problem with the body. She wanted to be a part of a practice where exams are not just about the eye, but a part of the comprehensive care of the entire patient. Establishing a personal relationship with her patients is also important to her. Her optometric areas of interest have focused on ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, and low vision. Her advanced training in these areas includes: Specialty Contact Lens Seminar – The Vision Care Institute, LLC Optometric Glaucoma Society Residents Symposium – Optometric Glaucoma Society Fluorescein Angiography Course – NC State Optometric Society Paragon CRT for Corneal Refractive Therapy Certification Areas of Expertise Advanced residency training at Salisbury VA Medical Center focused on: Ocular Disease – Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetes Specialty Contact Lenses – Keratoconus, Trauma, Advanced prescriptions Advanced Low Vision Exams Education Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry W. G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Residency) Languages Spoken English Professional Memberships American Optometric Association American Academy of Optometry Piedmont Optometric Society Women of Vision Gastonia East Rotarian Awards and Publications 2012 America's Top Optometrist 2012 Most Influential Women Rising Star Optometrist Michigan College of Optometry and National Dean’s List Michigan College of Optometry: Senior Research Award in Clinical Optometric Science ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics Junior Jaycee Member of Gaston County 2012 Leadership Gaston Alum and Current Board Advisor Gaston Family Health Services Volunteer Optometrist

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