Glasses are a simple and effective form of vision correction. However, there are times –particularly during sports – when contact lenses may be more suitable.
Did you know? Contact lenses could be ideal for children.
It might surprise you to learn that children are the best age group for safely using contact lenses. Children tend to adapt to new things including contact lenses very quickly, and clinical studies have shown children to be very competent at wearing and caring for contact lenses. Children as young as 8 years old are ideal candidates provided that they are sufficiently mature.
The best way to assess whether your child is a mature age for contact lenses is to look at their overall personal hygiene habits. Do they brush their teeth without needing to be prompted? Do they look after their personal belongings and keep them tidy? Hygiene and cleanliness are the most important elements of contact lens care; improper use can cause unwanted eye infections and lead to further problems down the line.
Wearing Contact Lenses for Sport is Safer than Wearing Glasses
The use of contact lenses for sport – particularly contact sports – is a safer option than glasses since they avoid the potential injury from broken frames or lenses and provide more natural vision.
Give children a sporting chance and stop their opponents from having an unfair advantage. With contact lenses you can level the playing field as they offer more complete vision for the sides of your eyes ( peripheral vision); they don’t fall off, get damaged or fog; and they even allow you to play contact sports to the full.
What’s more, contact lenses are available for all most all vision correction needs. Whether your short or long-sighted, in need of reading glasses or have astigmatism – there’s a solution for you.
Wearing contact lenses can improve a child’s quality of life.
A study revealed that the change in appearance that comes with wearing contact lenses can boost a child’s social acceptance and self-esteem.
As a result they will be more likely to wear their lenses at school or college and this could improve their concentration and academic performance.
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Contact lenses are a healthy option for your child’s eyes. Continuing advances in contact lens development – such as the use of thin, breathable materials and blink-activated moisture release systems – means today’s contact lenses feel and are healthier than ever before.
Daily contact lenses are ideal for children as they require no cleaning and can be discarded at the end of each day.
Talk to your optometrist about the many options available to your child.