If you have a child who relies on prescription glasses to see clearly, they may want to switch to contact lenses someday. Kids often prefer them because they’re comfortable and discreet. However, transitioning to this type of vision correction involves a bit of a learning curve, which you can help with in the following ways.
5 Tips to Help Kids Adjust to Contacts
1. Start With Disposables
Disposable contact lenses are designed for single-day or limited use so they can be thrown away. Your child won’t need to worry about extra cleaning steps. If the lenses are misplaced, it won’t be as big of a deal as losing reusable ones.
2. Keep Glasses as a Backup
To ensure your little one can still see when they don’t want to wear contacts, keep their prescription glasses as a backup solution. If your child wears contacts to school, have them keep an extra pair of glasses in their locker or backpack.
3. Give Extra Time to Get Ready
Before your child can put on contacts without any issues, they may have to practice a few times. Schedule extra time for them to get ready in the morning so they won’t feel rushed as they put on their contacts.
4. Review Potential Problems
Your child should learn how to recognize problems with their contacts. For instance, they should know to take out their lenses if their eyes feel itchy, irritated, or dry. They should also take them out if their vision isn’t as clear as it should be. When this happens, make sure they know to clean the lenses with contact solution before putting them back in.
5. Visit the Eye Doctor
To maintain your child’s eye health, schedule eye exams with an optometrist at least once a year. During these visits, your provider will check that your child is wearing the correct prescription and caring for the contact lenses properly.
Whether your child is curious about contact lenses or due for a routine eye exam, trust in Nelson O. Yoshioka, Jr., O.D. for comprehensive vision care. Since 1998, this Honolulu, HI, optometrist has served patients of all ages across Oahu. He and his team will ensure your child has the right prescription for their needs and introduce them to many corrective vision solutions, including glasses and contacts. Learn more about these services online. Call (808) 734-7050 to schedule an appointment in Honolulu or (808) 455-3333 to schedule a visit with Cheryl C. Niitani, O.D., in Pearl City, HI.