The Right Age for Contacts

Parents spend many years looking forward to a time when their children will be more independent. It’s difficult to care for one or more little people and still care for yourself! When children start growing into teenagers and young adults, parents often agonize over when their children are ready for these newer and greater responsibilities. One question we are often asked is, “What is the right age for contacts?”

As you can imagine, there is no definitive answer. It depends on the child. Physically, even young children are able to wear contacts, but are not ready to handle the responsibility of proper eye care. Some babies can wear contact lenses from birth as part of a treatment plan or vision correction process. Many elementary and middle school children have to continue developing to understand and practice proper procedures, but a surprising number can perform the tasks without incident.

Can Children Learn to Use Contact Lenses?

When studied, 90 percent of children in a group of eight to 11 year olds were able to use daily disposable contact lenses with little to no trouble.* Even though many parents won’t consider contact lenses for their children until they are teenagers, clearly younger children can learn proper hygiene and usage of contact lenses.

If you are considering contact lenses for your child, talk to Dr. Lambaria about how they handle other responsibilities. Does he or she need regular reminders to wash their hands, close doors or containers, or to provide other kinds of self-care? If yes, your child may need some more time before learning how to use contact lenses. If you feel your child is mature enough to complete everyday self-care tasks, remembers to wash their hands, and will practice putting lenses in and taking them out carefully, they may be ready to try.

Why Should Children Try Contact Lenses?

On average, many eye care professionals begin to encourage contact lens wear between the ages of 11 and 14. Not everyone enjoys wearing contacts, but it’s a good idea to let children try. By giving them an opportunity to try contacts early, they are more likely to build the skills needed to place and remove contacts with ease. Adults who try contact lenses later in life are still capable of learning, but often take extra time and don’t enjoy the novelty of contact lenses like younger patients do.

Still, some patients always prefer to wear glasses no matter their age, and that’s okay! Having options is great, so we are more than happy to help your child learn about wearing contact lenses. If you would like to speak with someone about getting contact lenses for your child, contact us for a consultation. We can provide information on getting an exam, lens fitting, and follow-up to be sure you and your child are happy with the new eyewear.

If you would like to learn more, please call us at 810-658-2020 to schedule an appointment!

*”Daily disposable contact lens wear in myopic children.” Optometry and Vision Science. Vol. 81, No. 4 (April 2004); pp. 255-259.

We are thrilled to be open and able to provide service to our community! To follow the current mandates, we do have some new procedures for the office.

We are taking every precaution to protect your health and safety. We are ensuring our practice is a safe environment, so you have a comfortable and excellent experience. Below are the steps we are taking for your safety:

  • • Health screenings of employees and patients, including brief medical history and temperature before entering the office.
  • Practicing Social Distancing to reduce the risk of Coronavirus exposure.
  • • Wearing Personal Protection Equipment such as masks, face shields, and gloves, as necessary.
  • • Sanitizing all equipment and frames for every patient.
  • • Providing no-touch hand sanitizer stations in the office.
  • • Reduced the number of patients seen per day.

When you arrive at our office:

  • Call us at 810-658-2020.

  • We will either:

    • Instruct you to come through the sliding doors and meet a team member in the vestibule for your screening and take a no-touch temperature.
    • Ask what color and kind of car you have and let you know that when we are ready, we will come out and wave you in to do your screening and no-touch temperature check.

All people entering our office must:

  • Wear a mask that completely covers their nose, mouth, and chin.

  • Only the patient being seen for an exam or needing to pick up materials or have an adjustment will be permitted in the office. If it is a minor or an adult that needs a care provider, 1 adult is permitted to come in with them.

Curbside services provided for:

  • Picking up glasses or contacts

  • Glasses adjustments

  • Glasses repairs

Your health and safety are our Number 1 priority. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will do our best to address them.