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Thinking about contact lenses for your teen or child?

Are my kids old enough to wear contact lenses?

Yes, they probably are. Both teens and children as young as 8 years old, usually adapt without issue to the use and care of contact lenses. Also, contacts make it much easier for your child to be active, and to look and feel their best.

Many teens, and some pre teens, wear contact lenses. Teens get their first contact lenses at age 13 on average, but younger children, as young as 8 years old may have the maturity, and be able to handle the responsibility of caring for their lenses. Successful lens wear and care depends more on level of responsibility and the attitude of your child than his/her age. Ask your eye doctor about if contact lenses would be the right choice for your child based on the above.

Will it be difficult for my child to care for his/her contact lenses?

It really depends on your child's level of responsibility and overall attitude toward hygiene. Some indicators might be the cleanliness of his/her room and his/her ability to brush their teeth at night without having to be constantly reminded. Your eye doctor may ask questions about these topics to determine if your child is ready for the wear and care of contact lenses.

To boost success, many doctors prescribe daily disposables for children and teens as they do not require solution or cleaning.

Can my child or teen wear contacts for sports?

Contact lenses are great for athletes. They offer sharp vision, they won’t fog up, fall off, or break during play the way that glasses might. Also, with contact lenses, unlike glasses, your child won’t suffer a loss of peripheral (side) vision. Consult with your eye doctor about the use of contacts during swimming or other water sports.*

*Exposing contact lenses to water may increase the risk of eye infection from microorganisms.

Are contact lenses expensive?

Contact lenses are actually surprisingly affordable, and with your VSP insurance coverage, your out of pocket costs could even be less. In addition, the replacement of lost or torn contact lenses is cheap compared to the replacement of lost or damaged glasses.

My child doesn't need vision correction, but has asked me about colored contact lenses. What should I know?

Whether your child needs vision correction or not, colored contact lenses are available. He/she will need to be fit by an eye doctor regardless of vision correction needs, as contact lenses are a medical device and everyone wants to make sure that your child's eyes stay healthy. Colored contact lenses require the same care and attention as all other types of contact lenses.

Source: VISTAKON® makers of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Important Safety Information