Contact Lenses for Kids at Eye Care of Virginia
You're probably accustomed to seeing even small children wearing eyeglasses, which represent an easy, effective method of compensating for refractive errors early in life. Under certain circumstances, however, contact lenses can actually prove even more beneficial than eyeglasses for those kids who are able and willing to care for them properly. Here at Eye Care of Virginia, we're happy to evaluate your children's vision issues and help you determine whether contacts are a good choice for their particular needs and lifestyle.
When Contacts Make Sense for Children
The question of whether or not to wear contact lenses is less a matter of chronological age than one of maturity. Pediatric contact lens wearers must understand the importance of good contact lens hygiene, from changing disposable lenses on schedule and wearing contacts according to their intended use to cleaning permanent contacts thoroughly. It's certainly possible to prescribe contacts to kids as young as 8 to 11 years of age. Contact lenses offer certain significant benefits for some younger patients with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. These include:
- Myopia control - Studies have shown that regular contact lens wear can reduce the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) during childhood, the period most vulnerable to myopia development. This is especially true for orthokeratology or "ortho-k" lenses, which are only worn at night for corrected vision during the daytime.
- Sports safety - Unlike glasses, which can easily be damaged in high-impact activities, contact lenses remain safely in the eye while child engages in organized sports or after-school fun. They're also much easier to keep up with than a separate pair of sports goggles.
- Personal preference - Some kids love eyeglasses, while others feel ashamed or awkward wearing them -- which may lead those kids to "forget" to wear their glasses. Contacts not only provide invisible vision correction, removing self-consciousness, but they also boost the odds that your child will wear them as required.
Contact Lens Exams and Fittings
If your child needs corrective lenses and wants contacts, a contact lens exam will be necessary. This exam allows our optometrist, Dr. Miles Press, to make precise measurements of the eye structures for an accurate fit. It also gives us a chance to recommend the specific types of contact lenses best suited to your child's vision problem, activity level, and ability to care for the lenses. We can fit your child with leading contact lens brands such as Air Optix Colors, Acuvue, and Dailies, repeating the fittings as needed to perfect the fit. In addition to standard soft contacts, we can provide specialized contacts for hard-to-fit conditions, such as toric lenses (for correction of significant astigmatism) and rigid gas permeable lenses (for optimal correction of stronger prescriptions).
Call Eye Care of Virginia Today To Learn More About Children's Contact Lenses!
Eye Care of Virginia is your pediatric contact lens resource. Call our Culpeper or King George office today to set up an appointment for your child!