One of our most frequently asked questions is “How old do you have to be to wear contact lenses?” It is a great question that really has no specific answer. A child’s maturity and ability to handle contact lenses responsibly is more important than their age alone. We make the process of taking care of contact lenses easy with single use (daily disposable) lenses. As long as they always wash their hands before handling the contact lenses and throw away the contact lenses at the end of the day, that’s all there is to it. No cleaning, no rubbing and no storing.
A recent study has shown that kids and teens that wear contact lenses rather than glasses reported an increase in their quality of life. The parents, kids and teens that participated in this study noted improvements in vision, activities and socialization of those that switched to contact lenses. Contact lenses can make a lot of the things our kids and teens do every day easier. Easier to catch a fly ball, easier to see the smart board at the front of the class room, easier to stick the perfect landing, and even easier to check the rear view mirror. We also encourage all of our patients to wear sunglasses for optimal UV protection (think of sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes) and contact lenses make this much easier when at the pool or on a boat.