Contact lenses have been growing in popularity for a number of years, and do indeed offer a number of benefits over traditional spectacles. Not only are they a good choice for those who are image conscious, but they offer a more practical alternative to glasses when playing sport or spending time outdoors. They provide a wider field of view, without obstructions or reflections sometimes experienced by spectacles wearers. Here, local Optometrist Saagar Hirani talks about how contact lenses can work for children:
“Children lead active lives, often playing sport or games with their friends, which we all know can lead to damaged or broken glasses. They are also becoming increasingly aware of their own image at an early age, and we find that some children resist wearing glasses for fear of looking different to their peers. If a child dislikes the way they look in glasses, it can affect their confidence, their performance in school, even their future. All this leads to a common question which we receive from parents – can my child wear contact lenses?
Actually, the ability to wear contact lenses is more a matter of maturity than age. Kids need to be responsible enough to handle the lenses properly and practice good hygiene, to avoid complications such as eye infections. Providing they are able to handle the responsibility, there is nothing stopping them from enjoying the benefits of contact lenses from an early age. At Edmonds and Slatter we have fitted contact lenses for children as young as 7 or 8 years of age.
As part of our contact lens trial, we offer complimentary full and comprehensive training on the insertion and removal of lenses. Some children pick the technique up really quickly, whilst others take a few visits to get it right and build up the confidence to do it themselves without assistance from parents. Almost everybody gets there in the end and we have many children and teenagers who wear lenses on a regular basis. Our contact lens aftercare appointments ensure that they are continuing to handle the lenses in an appropriate and safe way, and that their eyes remain healthy.”
Edmonds and Slatter Opticians offer a free no obligation trial for anybody wanting to try contact lenses, including children. If you choose to pay for contact lenses by direct debit all aftercare appointments are included along with a host of other benefits such as free retinal imaging, free spectacles and exclusive discounts on designer brands.