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How old should you be to get contact lenses?
Most optometrists recommend the minimum age is between 12 and 13, but if you have a particularly responsible 10 year old, you may decide they can be trusted to safely wear contact lenses. You are the best person to make that decision, but if you’re unsure, talk to one of our expert optometrists.
Can an 8 year old wear contact lenses?
Fact: Children of any age can be fit with contact lenses. In fact, babies as young as a few weeks old can be fit with contact lenses to promote better visual development after, for example, cataract surgery. Children as young as eight years old can be very successful contact lens wearers.
Are contact lenses free for under 16s?
You’re entitled to a free NHS sight test if you: are under 16. are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education. are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement.
Is contact lens OK for kids?
Yes, contacts are safe for kids. The human eye can tolerate contact lenses at a very early age. In special cases, even infants are fitted with contacts, to overcome eye conditions such as congenital nystagmus.
Can 15 year old wear contact lenses?
There’s no “right age” to begin wearing contact lenses. It’s more about your child’s level of responsibility. If you feel your child can responsibly care for lenses, then they’re ready. If you still need help determining whether your child is ready for contact lenses, talk to your eye care professional.
Can contact lenses make you blind?
Wearing contact lenses puts you at risk of several serious conditions including eye infections and corneal ulcers. These conditions can develop very quickly and can be very serious. In rare cases, these conditions can cause blindness.
Can a 12 year old wear contacts?
Research has shown that both children (ages eight to 12) and teenagers (ages 13 to 17) can safely wear contact lenses. Parents may think that because their children do not take good care of their glasses and are constantly needing them to be adjusted, they will not be able to care for their contact lenses.
Can 12 year olds wear colored contacts?
Every child is different, so there is no single age at which a child becomes ready to wear contacts. Generally speaking, doctors recommend starting kids with contact lenses in early adolescence, since they are typically more diligent with cleaning and caring for their contacts than adults.
Can a 11 year old wear contacts?
In general, though, many eye doctors encourage contact wearing in early adolescence, so 11 to 14. If your concern is safety, you don’t need to worry. According to a recent study, the risks of developing eye problems while wearing contacts are not any higher in children than they are in adults.
What to do when you start wearing contact lenses?
Keep Some Backups. Always have a spare pair of contacts,a carrying case,and a bottle of lens solution with you.
When should I wear glasses instead of contact lenses?
Wearing glasses reduces the need to touch your eyes, which in turn reduces the likelihood of irritating your eyes or developing an eye infection. If you have dry or sensitive eyes, glasses won’t exacerbate the problem like contact lenses can. Eyeglasses generally are cheaper than contact lenses over the long term.
What age should I stop wearing contact lenses?
There’s no at which you should stop wearing contact lenses, we have patients in lenses that are 80+! As long as you are dexterous enough to keep putting the lenses in and taking them out again then there’s no reason you can’t wear contact lenses.
How young is too young for contact lenses?
“It is unusual for children under the age of 10 or 12 to be fitted for contact lenses,” says Dr. Steinemann. “There are, obviously, some responsible children as young as 9 or 10 who can wear [contact lenses], but they are not average.”.