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So, Your Kids Want Contacts, Huh? Two Things Parents Need To Know

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Children who wear glasses may get teased at school. Even if they aren't teased, they may get tired of having to wear glasses. Whatever the case may be, they may be bugging you about contacts. As a parent, you may be skeptical. You may not think they're ready. Well, here are a couple of things you need to know. 

1. Your Child Can Probably Handle Them.

Studies report that children between eight and eleven years of age are normally mature enough to wear contacts. They have no issues inserting, removing or wearing contact lenses. Their eyes are ready for the contacts. However, it will always depend on the child. While it is true that many children are ready for more responsibility and can take care of their contacts the way that they need to, some children may not be ready to tackle that type of personal duty. In the end, you will need to be the judge of your child's maturity, but it helps to know that your child's eyes are physically capable of handling the contacts and that most young kids are responsible enough to take on the task.

2. Your Child May Even Benefit From Them.

If your child partakes in a number of sports, then your child may will be able to benefit from trading in their glasses for contacts. This way, they won't need to worry about breaking their glasses. In addition, there will be less obstruction of their vision during practice and game play since contacts do not obstruct your child's vision in any way. There is also no glare, which is helpful when playing a sport like baseball out in the sun. Your child won't have to worry about dealing with foggy glasses ever again either. In addition, there is a reduced risk of an eye injury since there is no chance of injury from the glasses if they get struck in the head with a ball. Ultimately, your child is going to be safer playing a sport with contacts as opposed to glasses because they are going to be able to see clearer.

If you're interested in learning more about children and contact lenses, schedule an eye appointment with your local eye doctor. Your child will likely need to undergo a new eye exam and talk about the various types of contact lenses that are available, such as daily contacts and monthly contacts, and which ones will best suit your child's individual lifestyle. More more information, contact an optometrist like Dr Ron Sealock.