KIDS & CONTACT LENSES
Contact lenses can be an excellent option for your child or adolescent. Whether it be for full-time or part-time wear, there are many benefits to wearing contact lenses.
Some benefits for kids and teens
It goes without saying that contact lenses provide clear vision. They are available in almost all prescriptions!
Contact lenses can offer a boost in confidence for those who feel self-conscious about wearing glasses. We even have colour contacts available!
Contacts can offer freedom from the fear that your active child may break their glasses. With contacts, they can go ahead and play freely!
Q – At what age can my child start wearing contact lenses?
A – Though there’s not a certain exact age, contact lenses are usually safe for children who are responsible and motivated to wear them.
Q – What kind of contacts are recommended for children?
A – There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” answer to this one. After evaluating your child’s vision needs and taking activities and lifestyle requirements into consideration, the Eye Doctor will make an appropriate recommendation for the type of lens that would be best for them.
Q – Does OHIP cover the cost of contact lens-related appointments?
A – Unfortunately OHIP does not offer any coverage for appointments relating to contact lenses for children or adults. Contact us today for more information about fitting fees.
Q – My child wants to wear contact lenses. What do we do now?
A – The contact lens fitting experience for kids and teens doesn’t vary from the process for adults.
After their regular comprehensive eye exam, the Optometrist will fit them with appropriate lenses. The Eye Doctor takes into consideration your child’s vision requirements their everyday activities and their overall lifestyle in order to prescribe what’s best for them.
Once they are fitted, they will have a practice session with one of our qualified technicians where they will learn how to properly care for their lenses and confidently remove and insert them.
A two-week follow-up appointment is necessary for the Optometrist to evaluate the fit, vision and comfort of the lenses before providing a final contact lens prescription.
TIPS FOR AT-HOME CARE
Always wash your hands with soap.
Before touching your lenses, always wash your hands with soap (whether to put them in or take them out). This avoids any germs and gross stuff getting on your lens and reduces the risk of irritation and infection.
Make sure your contacts aren’t inside-out.
There’s a simple way to see if your lens is inside out: just place it on your fingertip and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out, then it’s inside out! It should look like a bowl with straight edges.
Always begin with the same eye.
Establishing a routine where you always begin with the right eye (no matter if it’s for putting your lenses in or taking them out), helps to avoid mixing up your lenses since both have a different prescription.
Never use tap water to clean your contacts.
Use your contact lens solution when you need to clean your contacts. Follow the cleaning routine that you’ve established with your eye care professional to make sure that you are disinfecting your lenses properly.