Is Your Child Ready for Contacts?

Summer is here, and the next school year is on the horizon. As you rush around getting new school clothes and supplies, don’t forget to schedule your child’s back-to-school eye exam. This is an essential step for school readiness because poor vision can be a barrier to learning.

If you’re thinking about contacts for your child or if they’re starting to ask about wearing them, it’s important to talk with your child’s VSP network doctor. The following information might help you learn more about contact lenses.

How do I know when my child is ready for contact lenses?

There is no “right age” to begin wearing contact lenses — almost anyone of any age can wear them. But it involves a level of responsibility and the ability to follow a wear-and-care routine. If you feel your child can responsibly care for lenses, consider talking to your VSP network eye doctor about contact lens options.

What’s a good lens for a first-time wearer?

It depends on what’s best for your child’s eye care needs. One option is daily disposable lenses, a lens that’s worn for one day then thrown away. The convenience of daily disposable lenses makes them great for children, teens and other first-time wearers. Other contact lens options include those that are designed to be worn for a week, two weeks or a month.

What is a proper wear-and-care routine?

A proper wear-and-care routine is essential for contact lens success. How you care for your contacts is based on the lens and wearing schedule your VSP network eye doctor recommends. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for proper lens disinfection, and how often to replace them. Always remember to wash your hands before touching your contacts or your eyes.

Think your child might be ready for contacts? Visit a VSP network eye doctor.

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