Young people’s confidence can be closely related to their appearance. If they don't like the way they look in glasses, it can affect their self-esteem. This can have a negative impact on their social life and even their performance at school.
The benefits of contact lenses for children and teenagers
Here are a few of the reasons why contact lenses are a great choice for children and teenagers.
- Contact lenses provide all-round vision, so they can safely spot things out of the corner of their eye.
- Lenses allow them the freedom to run around, take part in sport and play, without glasses getting in the way.
- They can improve how they feel about their appearance.
- They are free from the worry of their glasses breaking, cutting them or being knocked off.
- Contact lenses give children a self-esteem boost. In a clinical study, 80% of parents agreed that contact lenses dramatically improved the quality of life and confidence of their children.1
- Contact lenses are easier and cheaper to replace than glasses when they are lost.
Is your child or teenager ready for contact lenses?
There’s no minimum or maximum age for wearing contact lenses. Lots of children and teenagers wear them. Teenagers usually start wearing contact lenses at around 16 years old, but younger children wear them too.
The most important consideration is whether they are mature and motivated enough to wear and care for their lenses properly. Wearing contact lenses involves a little more effort than wearing glasses. They require particularly good hygiene and care.
While you are considering if contact lenses are right for your child, try not to underestimate their ability to look after their lenses maturely. One study found that more than eight out of ten children and teenagers found it easy to clean and care for their lenses after three months of wearing them.1
However, you are the best judge of your child’s level of responsibility and maturity. Your eye care practitioner can also help you decide if contact lenses are the right choice for your child.
Choosing the right contact lenses for your child or teenager
There are two types of contact lenses: daily disposable and reusable lenses. Visit our page on the different types of contact lenses to find out more.
If your child or teenager chooses to wear reusable contact lenses, your eye care practitioner will show them how to care for them. They can also follow our easy routine for cleaning and caring for contact lenses here.
Reusable contact lenses are relatively easy to care for. However, it may be that your child would prefer to wear disposable lenses, which need no cleaning at all. If so, try 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®, 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST or 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST for ASTIGMATISM. They just take out their lenses before going to bed, discard them and replace them with a new pair in the morning.
A little extra help
For a helping hand through the early days of wearing contact lenses, your child or teenager can use the ACUVUE® MYFIRST30™ online tool and download our LENSPAL™ app. They’re packed with bags of easy-to-follow tips they can personalise to their needs.
They will also find our ACUMINDER® service useful. It sends emails or text messages to remind them when to change their lenses, buy new lenses or visit their eye care practitioner.
At first your child may be a little nervous putting in their contact lenses. Ask your eye care practitioner to show them how. They can also follow our simple step-by-step guide here.
It may take a little time for them to adjust to wearing and caring for their lenses, but it will soon become second nature and the whole family will wonder why they didn’t try contact lenses sooner!
1. Walline JJ et al CLIP Study group. Contact lenses in Pediatrics (CLIP) Study: chair time and ocular health. Optom and Vis Sci 2007; 84:896-902.