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What are the risks of having a child wear contact lenses

In this video I'd like to address what are the risks of having a child wear contact lenses?

Hi, I'm Dr. Moshe Roth. I practice at Family Eyecare in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

A study published in the January 2021 issue of the journal of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics found that kids aren't at higher risk of experience, contact lens complications.

The study followed nearly as thousand children that were aged eight through 16, over a course of a year and a half to three years, to determine how contact lenses affected their eye health. The results indicate that age doesn't have an effect on contact lens safety.

In fact, the researcher found that the risk of developing infections or other adverse reactions was less than 1% per year of wear, which is comparable to contact lens wearers of other ages.

But before you decide that contact lenses are the right thing for your child, you may want to consider whether your child is ready to wear them.

We're going to ask questions like:

  • tell us about your child's level of maturity
  • their responsibility
  • personal hygiene.

Since many children are highly motivated to wear contact lenses, they tend to display real maturity in caring for their lenses. But even with that at the starting point, parents may need to play an active role as their children, as a child gets used to inserting and removing the new contact lenses.

And it's very common that after a few weeks and child asks to be able to do those things on their own. It's important to note that just like with any other medical devices, contact lenses are not risk-free. Anyone who wears contact lenses has a chance of developing infections or other complications with contact lenses.

However, when warrants and cared for reporting to our instruction, contact lenses are low risk and perfectly safe for children and teenagers. So go ahead and schedule your child for a contact lens. Consultation will help to determine if your child is ready for contact lenses and we'll answer any questions that you or your child may have just schedule. Call our office at (732) 679-2020. You can look at videos on our website as well. Thanks for listening.