Benefits of contact lenses for kids
- Kids can sometimes feel self-conscious wearing glasses – contact lenses correct their vision while maintaining their natural appearance
- Their full field of vision is in focus which is great for sports
- They provide the freedom for kids to run around and get stuck in when they’re playing or during sports
- Removes the worry about breaking or damaging their glasses (so parents will enjoy the benefits too)
How old do you have to be to wear contact lenses?
There’s no ‘official’ age for you to start wearing contact lenses. But it all depends on whether the optometrist and parent or guardian thinks someone is mature enough, and capable enough to clean, care and handle contact lenses on their own.
Children are quick learners and have proven to be just as capable at wearing lenses as adults – but we’d recommend that a parent or guardian should supervise them to start with.
How can I get contact lenses for my child?
It’s easy to get started with contact lenses, just book an appointment for your child to see your optometrist for a contact lens assessment. They’ll be happy to talk you through the process and can help you to decide whether or not contact lenses would be a good idea for your child. They’ll recommend the best type of lens depending on their lifestyle, prescription, usage, and wearing time.
As long as your child has an up-to-date prescription, they’ll then get a free trial to see if they get on with them. This is all without obligation, so if your child decides contact lenses aren’t for them, we’ll talk about other options.
If they’d like to start wearing contacts, we’d recommend having them fitted during school holidays. That way you and your child can adjust to using and wearing contact lenses, without having to compete with the mad morning rush.
Types of contact lenses
Picking a contact lens type will depend on your child’s lifestyle and their prescription. Our optometrists are here to help you and your child find the perfect lens type.
Children are quick learners, and have proven to be just as capable at wearing lenses as adults – but we’d recommend that a parent or guardian should supervise them to start with.