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Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses? 3 Ways to Help You Decide

Learning that your child needs glasses can be a shocking thing for any parent to experience— especially if your child is young. However, as your child grows a little and adjusts to wearing glasses, it might be time to consider the benefits of switching from glasses to contact lenses. Here are some considerations to make when deciding whether or not your child is ready to wear contacts.

Self Esteem

pediatric eye careChildren are relentless when it comes to playground teasing and taunting. If your child has ever come home from school feeling completely upset and distraught due to being called names like “four eyes” while at school, then it might be time to switch to contact lenses. Although you never want to let your child succumb to any sort of hazing or teasing at school, if it is making your child’s self-esteem drop, then it is definitely something worth looking into.


Most children tend to misplace things like their glasses, shoes, and homework, and often forget to do things like their chores and brush their teeth before bed every night without a reminder. However, if your child displays more mature behavior and is more responsible than most, then they might be ready to wear contact lenses. Because contact lenses need to be cleaned properly before bed and in the morning, it’s important to make sure that your child can handle the pressure.

Activity Level

Does your child often come home with broken glasses because they have been either participating in sports or rough-housing a bit too much? Does your child participate in contact sports that prohibit them from wearing glasses? If so, then it’s probably time to switch your child from traditional glasses to contact lenses.

Before you make your final decision regarding whether or not your child is ready to make the switch from glasses to contacts, schedule an eye appointment with Dr. Steve Thom. During the eye appointment, Dr. Thom will be able to evaluate your child’s vision and prescription to make sure that they can handle wearing contact lenses.

As you can see, there are many considerations to make when deciding whether or not your child is ready for contact lenses. To learn more about your vision or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Steve Thom today!



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