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Are Contact Lenses Safe For Young Children?

Here’s a question we often get at our practice: ‘Is my child too young for contact lenses?’ This is an important question, and the answer may surprise you.

For children with myopia (nearsightedness), contact lenses can be a convenient method of vision correction. It allows kids to go about their day without having to worry about breaking or misplacing their glasses, and enables them to freely participate in sports and other physical activities.

Some children and young teens may ask their parents for contact lenses because they feel self-conscious wearing glasses. Contact lenses may even provide children with the confidence boost they need to come out of their shell. Moreover, these days, it is very popular for children to wear single-use one-day disposable soft contacts, since there is no cleaning or maintenance involved.

Some parents may deny their child’s request for contacts due to concerns about eye health and safety. There’s no reason to worry: contact lenses are just as safe for children as they are for anyone else.

At Cove Eyecare, we provide children, teens, and patients of all ages with a wide variety of contact lenses. If you’re concerned about the safety of contacts for your child, we’ll be happy to explain and explore ways to ensure maximum safety, optimal eye health and comfort. To learn more or to schedule a pediatric eye exam for contact lenses, contact us today.

What Are the Risks of Having My Child Wear Contact Lenses?

A study published in the January 2021 issue of The Journal of Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics found that kids aren’t at a higher risk of experiencing contact lens complications.

The study followed nearly 1000 children aged 8-16 over the course of 1.5-3 years to determine how contact lenses affected their eye health.

The results indicate that age doesn’t have an effect on contact lens safety. In fact, the researchers found that the risk of developing infections or other adverse reactions was less than 1% per year of wear — which is comparable to contact lens wearers of other ages.

But before you decide that contact lenses are right for your child, you may want to consider whether your child is ready to wear them. During his or her eye doctor’s appointment, the optometrist may ask about your child’s level of maturity, responsibility, and personal hygiene. Since many children are highly motivated to wear contacts, they tend to display real maturity in caring for their lenses. That said, in the initial stages, parents may need to play an active role, as their child gets used to inserting and removing the new contact lenses.

It’s important to note that just as with any other medical device, contact lenses are not risk-free. Anyone who wears contact lenses has a chance of developing eye infections or other complications with contact lenses. However, when worn and cared for according to your eye doctor’s instructions, contact lenses are low-risk and perfectly safe for children and teenagers.

So, go ahead and bring your child in for a contact lens consultation! We’ll help determine if your child is ready for contacts and answer any questions you or your child may have. To schedule your child’s contact lens fitting or eye exam, contact Cove Eyecare in Copperas Cove today.

What are the Benefits of Daily Contact Lenses?

See the benefits of dailies for kids, teens, and adults

Daily disposable contact lenses are rapidly rising in popularity to be many people’s favorite type of vision correction. These convenient contacts are usually very comfortable and provide crisp vision immediately after they are first inserted – with no adaptation period. At Cove Eyecare, we fit patients of all ages – young kids, teens, and adults – with daily disposables in Copperas Cove.

If you have a distant memory of hearing that daily disposables were made from cheap materials and that’s why they are “disposable,” it’s time to bury that thought. While it may have been true years ago, nowadays, dailies are constructed from high-quality, state-of-the-art materials that provide enhanced comfort and eye health. Many of our Copperas Cove patients claim that they have never experienced such comfortable contacts!

The basics of daily disposables

Contacts come in many types and with a variety of wearing schedules. Daily disposables are designed to be worn only once, for a single day. You insert them in the morning, wear them all day, remove at bedtime, and throw them in the garbage. The next day, you open a new package and insert a fresh pair of contacts. Does the convenience and ease of this sound appealing? Most adults love the simple, low maintenance of dailies. And for kids and teens, who usually have a more erratic schedule and also tend to be less vigilant with hygiene, daily disposables can be a perfect, healthy solution for vision correction. Call to book a contact lenses fitting with our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye doctor today!

A clear look at the benefits of dailies – at any age

To help you understand the big picture of what adults, kids, and teens can gain from daily disposables, our optometrist, Dr. Micheline Young, prepared this list:

  • No routine cleaning and disinfection before you go to sleep. That means you don’t need to buy any costly cleaning solutions, and bedtime prep each night is much shorter!
  • Dailies leave no time for allergens, such as dust or pollen, to build up on your contacts, so symptoms of eye allergies are often alleviated
  • Protein deposits, cosmetics, and hairspray residue don’t accumulate on your lenses surface, so they are always comfortable
  • Remembering when to discard your lenses is simple. No need to mark reminders on your calendar
  • Frequent travelers love the simplicity of packing only spare pairs of contact lenses, instead of a whole kit with disinfectants and supplies
  • Kids and teens (and busy adults) tend to neglect proper contact lens hygiene. With daily disposables, cleaning is a thing of the past
  • Daily disposable contact lenses can be healthier; studies have shown that dailies lead to less eye irritation and infections. And because the lenses are thrown out daily, the risk of corneal injury from wearing a damaged or torn lens is reduced.

Full inventory of contact lenses in Copperas Cove, Texas

Not sure if daily disposables are right for you? We stock a complete selection of premium, brand-name contact lenses at Cove Eyecare, and Dr. Micheline Young will check your eyes and listen to your lifestyle needs in order to recommend the best type of contacts. Contact us to book a consultation, or stop by anytime to replenish your supply of contact lenses!

At Cove Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 254-549-1142 or book an appointment online to see one of our Copperas Cove eye doctors.

 

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What are the Benefits of Daily Contact Lenses?

Daily disposable contact lenses are rapidly rising in popularity to be many people’s favorite type of vision correction. These convenient contacts are usually very comfortable and provide crisp vision immediately after they are first inserted – with no adaptation period.

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