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Can children wear contact lenses?

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At first glance, the words "contacts" and "children" may not seem to belong in the same sentence. In fact, kids and contact lenses may be a good match depending on the maturity of the child or, more likely, teenager. 

The most important key to safety and success with contact lenses and children is parents' accurate assessment of their child's sense of responsibility. Your child will need to:

  • Be mature enough to tolerate contacts -- and recognize and want the benefit of not wearing eyeglasses.
  • Be responsible enough to follow the eye doctor's instructions for contacts' use and care exactly, day after day.

So ... is your child the right age to wear contact lenses?

If you think the answer may be yes, first take a look at how well he or she handles other responsibilities. Ask yourself this: Does your child regularly do assigned tasks like making his bed, cleaning her room, or feeding the dog without needing to be reminded (at least not very often)?

If so, then you have some assurance that a visit to the eye doctor for a contact lens evaluation for your child won't be in vain. If not, it may be too soon for the responsibility of having contact lenses. You can always reconsider at a later date.

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