Contact lenses aren’t just for adults. In fact they can be a great option for children and offer a number of benefits. There’s no right or wrong age for children to start using contact lenses, they simply need to be capable of handling and looking after them.

Benefits of contact lenses for children

  • They offer extra freedom from glasses, particularly as kids are usually very active. There’s no steaming up, no smudging, – not to mention no more expensive breakages.
  • We know some children can be self-conscious about wearing glasses, usually as they get a little older and start secondary school. Contact lenses can do wonders for your child’s confidence and self-esteem.
  • Contact lenses offer better depth of vision and complete peripheral vision, which is great if your child loves playing sports.

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 What are the best contact lenses for children?

This will be dependent on your child’s age and prescription, but the most popular type of contact lenses for children are daily disposables as they can simply be thrown away after each use and there’s no need to clean and store them. Fortnightly and monthly lenses are a slightly cheaper option but will depend on your child’s ability to look after them and keep them clean. Your Optician can discuss the benefits of each option with you so you can make the best decision for you and your child.

Types of Contact Lenses