Contact lenses are worn by an increasing number of children and there are two major reasons why this is a positive phenomenon.
Contact lenses are much safer than glasses in active children, who play a lot of sports and enjoy various physical activities. This is because contact lenses reduce the risk of injuries by providing more stable, clear central vision as well as significantly wider peripheral vision and better depth of field perception. In addition, if an accident does happen, contact lenses do not break and do not cause additional injuries.
In spite of the immense popularity of the Harry Potter books and films, glasses are still negatively associated with lower self-confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately contact lenses can solve the issue quite effectively.The final evaluation of a three-year study initiated in 2010 demonstrated that children who had worn contact lenses perceived their social skills, academic achievement and appearance significantly better than those who had worn glasses. Most optometrists including us, appear to agree with the results of the study. According to a survey carried out by the American Optometric Association, over 50% believe that the best age to start wearing contact lenses is 10-12 years and more than 20% feel contact lens fitting can be safely recommended to kids aged 8-9.
Wearing contact lenses or glasses that are too strong or too weak can lead to numerous problems, including eye strain and headaches. In addition, outdated prescriptions could result in the progression of a child's vision problems and major difficulties in later years.
To sum up - Contact lenses are a great solution for wearers of any age. Children should be carefully supervised and should undergo regular eye exams before the start of the school term.