It may take a little time for a child to adapt to wearing contact lenses, but to most children it will soon become second nature. Whether they’re using them as a confidence booster or to make playing sports at school easier, children are usually enthusiastic wearers of contact lenses.
It’s a fact of life that young people’s confidence is often closely related to their perceived self-image. If they need glasses, but are not happy with the way they look while wearing them, it can have an negative impact on self-esteem. In turn, this can adversely affect their social life and even their performance at school.
Contact lenses really can boost a child’s confidence, and significantly improve how they feel about their appearance. In a clinical study, 80% of parents agreed that contact lenses dramatically improved the quality of life and confidence of their children.
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Contact lenses are both cheaper and easier to replace than glasses. They will also free a child of any worry they have about losing or damaging their glasses. Contacts are more convenient too, particularly when it comes to playing sports.
If your child participates in a contact sport, such as rugby or football, contact lenses are far preferable to glasses, which could easily fall off or get broken. Performance could be enhanced too, as contacts will improve their field of vision. However, please remember that wearing contact lenses while swimming should be avoided whenever possible.
Every day, over 3.7 million people in the UK enjoy the convenience and freedom of contact lenses.
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An increasing number of children and teenagers are now wearing contact lenses. But at what age can they start wearing contacts? As it all depends on how mature your child is, and how willing they are to take care of their lenses, you are probably the best person to make that decision.
You are the best judge of your child’s level of maturity and responsibility, but try not to underestimate them. A study has 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.
If you’re at all unsure, talk to one of our expert optometrists. They will be able to tell you whether your child is suitable for contact lens. They’ll also check if your child is able to insert and remove the lenses safely.
The most popular lenses for young people are daily disposables. That’s because they do not need to be cleaned and stored away after every wear. Disposables tend to be more convenient and hygienic too. Two-weekly, monthly and toric lenses are also a possible option, but the choice of lens will ultimately depend on your child’s suitability and prescription.