What is the right age should Kids Wear Contact Lens?


Wearing and caring for contacts in a way that keeps your eyes and vision at their best is more involved than simply wearing glasses. But what’s the appropriate age to start wearing contacts? Here are some tips and considerations for navigating that first time wearing contact lenses.

Can kids wear contact lenses?

While there may be no minimum or recommended age for wearing contact lenses, it’s still important to consider whether contacts are appropriate. This decision has less to do with age than with your child’s unique traits and context. Here are some tips for evaluating whether your child is ready to wear contacts.

Deciding on contact lenses for children

Wearing contacts requires responsible wear and care. While complications seldom occur (affecting only 5% of wearers annually), most arise when contacts are worn or managed improperly.

Can your child handle this responsibility? Does she learn instructions well? Does he regularly do his chores without reminding? Does she forget her homework at home? Think about whether your child can learn how to properly insert and remove contacts, even when tired, keep lenses clean, and follow a regular wear schedule.

Does your child need contacts? Is your eye doctor suggesting contacts? Does your child want them for better performance in sports? If the concern is purely cosmetic, consider chatting with your child about any underlying issues or peer pressure that might be driving his or her desire.

When to wear contact lenses

For many people, contact lenses are a cosmetic, as well as a practical, decision. If your child or teenager doesn’t need prescription contact lenses but just wants to look cool (or to top off an awesome costume), many colored contacts or Halloween contact lenses can be found online. However, parents should beware: when you buy contact lenses online, they may not be FDA approved. Always check with your eye doctor first.

Some benefits of contact lenses

Prescription contacts can often make our lives a lot easier. While they require responsible care, they can also:

  • Give you a wider range of vision 
  • Enhance your sports performance and experience 
  • Offer a better visual experience when prescribed correctly

Remember, healthy eyes mean good vision. Talk to your eye doctor whenever you consider wearing contact lenses or other decisions about your vision.


There Are Drawbacks

Contacts come with risks, like eye irritation and infections. At the worst, they can cause vision loss. Make sure she knows the rules:

  • How to properly disinfect and handle them
  • When to replace a worn-out pair
  • Not to share or swap contacts with another person
  • Never to use spit, tap water, distilled water, or homemade non-sterile saline solution
  • To apply makeup after she puts in the lenses, not before
  • To use hypoallergenic skin products and cosmetics or those marked "for contact lens wearers" or "for sensitive eyes"
  • To always remove the contact lens at the first sign of irritation


Which Lenses Are Best?

Ask your doctor. If he prescribes disposable soft lenses, consider daily disposable soft lenses rather than the cheaper disposables that are worn for 2 weeks and then thrown out. Care is simpler: She won’t have to disinfect and clean dailies. She’ll learn how to put them in and take them out much faster if she has to change them every day.


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Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.