DR. BOB'S BLOG
posted: Nov. 21, 2017.
Has your teenager been asking about contact lenses?? Maybe their friend just got contacts? Or they are playing sports and do not want to have to wear their glasses while playing??
Contact lenses can be worn be children as young as 8 years old. If your child is responsible and can care for their contact lenses, by cleaning and following wearing instructions laid out by their Optometrist. The Optometrist will insert a pair of prescriptions contact lenses at the fitting appointment. He will then check the fit of the lenses on the child's eyes. A poor fitting contact can cause serious problems. The Optometrist will then check the vision of the patient. A contact lens technician will then show the patient how to insert and remove the contact lenses. This takes a little bit of practice. Girls are usually quicker at this task as they are used to putting on makeup and have smaller hands. The Technician will also go over how to clean and care for the contact lenses that have been prescribed. The contact lens patient will then wear the contacts for a week to ten days. After this time, the patient returns to the clinic and the Optometrist will check the contact lens patients eyes to see how the eyes are responding to the contact lenses. At this time the Optometrist can make any changes to the contact lenses.
Some of the benefits of contact lenses are:
- wider range of vision
-enhanced sports performance
- offer a better visual experience when prescribed by your Optometrist
If you don't follow your Optometrists guidelines serious infections and vision problems can occur.
Healthy eyes mean good vision. Talk to your Optometrist and ask them about contact lenses!