Children's Contact Lenses

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.

contact lens for children from our optometrist in culpeper

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!

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Culpeper Office

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10:00 am-6:00 pm

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Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S