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In Focus


Is your child ready for contact lenses?

You’ve heard the same story over and over again for the last three months. “Mom, can I please get contacts? I promise I’ll take care of them!” (You also head the same story when your daughter begged you to let her get a dog. Now, you might as well add “progessional dog caretaker” to your resume.)

Still, you can tell your daughter doesn’t really like her glasses, and her self-esteem seems to be suffering because of it. How do you really know when to make the transition from glasses to contacts?

Believe it or not, age usually isn’t the most important factor when considering whether your child should begin the transition to contact lenses. Most eye doctors ask you to assess your child’s level of responsibility. Does your child wash their hands, shower, do their chores, and complete their homework without needing reminding? See how your child’s level of maturity compares with their motivation for contacts. If they truly want contacts, they may put in the effort to properly care for them, regardless of their past actions.

Also consider your child’s happiness. Some children may develop low self-esteem from wearing glasses, particularly as they enter into their middle school years. Unfortunately, your child may be subject to some unfriendly comments from classmates and peers as a result of needing to wear glasses. If using contacts may result in a significantly higher level of confidence for your child, it may be worth taking the next step in the process.

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