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What's the Right Age For Contact Lenses

eye image with orthokeratology contact

While some children enjoy the fashion statement of eyeglasses, others prefer their appearance without them. For young children or teens who refuse to wear their glasses, many parents are left with the plaguing question, “What is the right age for contacts?”Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. Physically, the eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. In rare cases, some babies are fitted with contact lenses at birth.

 

The decision of whether a child is ready to wear contact lenses is directly related to their maturity, and should be determined by the parent, child and your eye care professional.If you're considering contact lenses for your child, take a look at how they handle other responsibilities. If your child requires frequent reminders to do their everyday chores, they may not be ready for the responsibility of wearing and caring for contact lenses. On the contrary, children who dutifully handle their responsibilities may be great candidates for contact lenses.

 

Compared to adults, children develop fewer complications with contact lenses, have stronger immune systems and usually heal faster. In addition, children who want contacts instead of glasses are often more willing to adapt their schedules and follow the instructions to properly care for their lenses.In addition to being great self-esteem builders, contact lenses are also great for student athletes.

 

Contact lenses are not a complete substitute for sports that require protective eyewear. However, some contact lenses used for recreational use can provide better optics than eyeglasses. Compared with eyeglasses, contact lenses provide better peripheral vision, which may improve your child's athletic performance.It's important to establish a dialogue with the parents when determining if a child is ready for contact lenses.

Remember the decision to switch from glasses to contact lenses does not need to be a permanent one. If a child does not adjust well, or is not able to handle the added responsibility of wearing and caring for their lenses, it is no problem to recommend glasses as an alternative for vision correction. Contact lenses can always be tried again when the child is older.To determine if contact lenses are right for your child or teen, please call us to schedule an appointment! Our doctors will help you and your child make this important decision.*"Daily disposable contact lens wear in myopic children." Optometry and Vision Science. Vol. 81, No. 4 (April 2004); pp. 255-259.

What is Myopia 

Myopia Control

What is it?

Myopia or nearsightedness, is a common vision problem that makes distance objects look blurry and out of focus. A Myopic Eye is longer than normal and as your child grows their eye continues to get longer during development

Myopia has increased an alarming rate worldwide. Myopia has DOUBLED to 40 %

Child's Eye Health is Important

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT ?

Without effective treatment:

  • Children could fall behind in school

  • Suffer from eye strain and headaches

  • Leads to greater chance of eye disease such as Retinal Detachment, Glaucoma, Cataracts and Myopic Maculopathy

  • Reduce the ability of children to participate in sports and other activities

  • Good eyesight gives children confidence and self esteem

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES ?

  • GENETICS

  • EYE STRUCTURE

  • EXTENSIVE NEAR ACTIVITY

  • ENVIRONMENTAL

baby with first glasses

HOW DO WE TREAT IT?

SPECIAL GENTLE CORNEAL RESHAPING ORTHO-K LENS 

ATROPINE PRESCRIPTION EYE DROPS

SPECIAL SOFT MiSIGHT CONTACT LENS

atropine myopia control drops

Myopia Drops

Atropine+ combines low-dose atropine (0.01%, 0.025% and 0.05%) with a soothing lubricant and 50% less BAK preservative (0.005%).

Studies show that a low dose of atropine, typically administered as eye drops in the evening, has the potential to significantly slow the progression of myopia in children – helping prevent severe nearsightedness. (from OSRx Pharmacy)

MiSight Contacts

These are special FDA Approved Soft Contacts to help Control Myopia from progressing in your child's eyes.

misight contacts at 20-20 Optometric Eye Care
improve your child's eyesight

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)

These small contacts reshape your

child's eye while they sleep.  They wake up seeing clearly without needing to wear contacts or glasses during the day.

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