By: Mission Healthy Living
August 20, 2019
According to optometrists, a child should be at least 10 years old (if not 13-14) before they wear contacts. What should you teach your child when they’re ready?
Contacts can help children perform better in sports and improve peripheral vision while driving. If your child is prone to leaving glasses behind, contacts take away that concern. Although kids are not known for their superior hygiene. Without the right preparation and guidance, children wearing contacts are at risk for infections and eye abrasions.
When your child starts wearing contacts, be sure he or she follows these contact lens tips from the FDA:
- Wash your hands before handling lenses.
- Always use contact lens solution, never water or saliva.
- Only wear contacts for as long as they’re prescribed, not any longer.
- Anyone using makeup should apply it after contacts are in.
- Take out your contacts if you experience any eye itching, burning, irritation or redness.
- Red eyes? No contacts. Have a back-up pair of glasses handy—just in case!
- No sleeping with lenses on unless they’re prescribed for such use.
- Don’t let anyone else wear your contacts, and don’t wear theirs.
- Decorative lenses found in beauty supply stores or on the internet are not appropriate without a prescription from a doctor.
Does your child have a habit of asking the dreaded “Why?” Here’s the science behind a lot of these recommendations.