Answers for parents thinking about contacts for their child
What are the benefits for my child of wearing Contact Lenses?
Lenses make their lives easier and give them more self-confidence.
Are teens too young to wear lenses?
No, there’s no minimum age for contact lenses. Many teens, and even some pre-teens, wear them. A typical age to start wearing lenses is 16. But children as young as eight can be mature enough to wear and care for them – successful lens wear depends more on responsibility and attitude rather than age. Your optometrist will help you decide if lenses are right for your child and help you choose the right ACUVUE® lenses for your vision correction needs.
Will my child have trouble following the proper lens care and wear schedules designated by the optometrist?
With daily disposable lenses like 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® or 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® there is no care required for them since they are discarded at the end of one day of use. Reusable lenses, like ACUVUE® ADVANCE® with HYDRACLEAR® require a little care. Rather than discarding them at the end of the day you clean and disinfect them, then store them in a contact lens case until you reuse them the next day. Your eye care professional will advise you and your children about how to use and care for contact lenses. ACUVUE® lenses feature flexible wear schedules that fit teens' active lifestyles.
Can my child wear contact lenses during sports or leisure activities?
Yes, lenses are great for sports. They would give your child perfectly clear eyesight with no risk of their glasses fogging up, falling off or breaking. Unlike glasses, lenses give them optimum peripheral vision. Finally, wearing protective goggles for sport or activities is easier when the person is wearing contact lenses compared to glasses.
Can my child wear lenses if he or she has astigmatism?
Astigmatism is no longer a barrier to wearing contact lenses. ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM lenses give patients with astigmatism comfort and visual clarity that is as good as with glasses.