Sports and Physical activities:
I think we could all agree that if your child needs correction to see, with high contact sports like wrestling, or sports that require a helmet, contacts can be more comfortable, and more reliable. The option of contact lens wear with sports and other physical activities offers another option to correct vision but without a lot of the hassle that can come with glasses. Contact lenses are easy to wear with a helmet, reliable with movement and safe with high impact.
As an eyewear lover, it pains me to admit that not everyone likes wearing glasses, nor do they find confidence in their glasses. For some, glasses represent a have-to, like braces, something that they have to wear to in order to fix a problem. And as kids shift into ages where they start to become more aware of their appearance and others, glasses are not a welcomed fashion accessory. Contacts offer a solution to see clear without really anyone knowing that you may need vision correction. And for kids, approaching ages where they become more aware of their appearance, contacts offer a new look. But the confidence that comes with a new appearance-free of “four eyes” and a passage of maturity. Even if your child doesn’t want to admit it, I’ve seen countless kids who are fit into contacts and leave the office with a new sense of confidence.
This is probably one of my most favorite and most rewarding reasons as to why some children should wear contacts. Not only can we correct vision with contacts but we can slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in the process. The option to offer now FDA-approved treatment, to not only correct, but slow the progression of myopia is an option for every myopic child and a treatment I happily offer to every child and parent.
As a parent, I know first hand, kids are messy, sometimes borderline unhygienic. There is a certain level of maturity needed to clean a lens, clean a case, remember when to replace the lens-well these are all reasonable concerns a parent may doubt their child could successfully accomplish. But with the selection of daily disposable lenses available now-this takes some of the concern away and inadvertently allows for a fail safe way to make sure your child is wearing clean lenses. Now whether they are washing their hands, that still may be a reasonable doubt!
Daily disposables excel as a favorite choice for 2 reasons:
Some kids are just not an ideal candidate for contact lens wear. Perhaps it can be age, maturity, fear or just a lack of interest or motivation. A child who is mature enough to handle the responsibility and care, and who also shows an interest, can be the perfect candidate for contacts. Nevertheless, the discussion is an important one when it comes to options for vision correction for our kids. We sometimes don’t know what we don’t know. Understanding the positive to contact lens wear in our children can offer real advantages and benefits physically with certain activities, limiting myopia progression but also emotionally with a renewed sense of confidence and accomplishment.
Author: Dr Jen Wademan
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