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When are contact lenses appropriate for children?

It portrays the benefits of children wearing contact lenses from the child’s and parent’s perspective. People often ask us when is the right age to begin wearing contact lenses?

In our office, we prescribe contact lenses for children and have done so for many years. The maturity of an individual, rather than age, is an important factor when deciding the right time to start contact lens wear. Different choices are available:

  1. Standard soft contact lenses for people that just want to be able to see clearly and for occasional use such as playing sports. Daily disposables, for example, give the benefit of not having to worry about cleaning or disinfecting the lenses, and contrary to what many people think, they are very affordable.
  2. Gas Permeable lenses are great for those children who are beginning to progress and become more nearsighted. Our experience has been that gas permeable lenses enable someone to hold their prescription at bay and often prevents someone from becoming more nearsighted. They provide clearer vision for many who wear them, allow more oxygen through the lens than does a soft lens, and are thus healthier. They are easier to keep clean and last longer.
  3. Orthokeratology, also known by other names such as Ortho-K, CRT, Corneal Refractive Therapy, Gentle Vision Shaping System, etc. have the benefit of reversing the nearsightedness, without any surgery. It is an FDA approved procedure for children and adults. People wear special lenses that reshape the cornea while you sleep. These lenses are inserted at bedtime and are removed in the morning, before school, so someone now has the benefit of clear vision throughout the school plus the advantage of not getting worse. It gives the benefit for Laser Surgery without the risks that are associated with LASIK. LASIK means purposefully thinning the cornea, and can cause the cornea to then bulge, permanent haze, regression, difficulty with night driving, and dry eye. Orthokeratology also costs considerably less than LASIK. Surgery is generally only done of those that are 21 or older, although some more aggressive surgeons do it for those that are as young as 18.

We offer free consultations. Call our office and schedule a time for you or for your child.