An Interview with Dr. Sims
Dr. Sims, can children actually wear contact lenses?
Yes. Children can wear contact lenses, especially now that we have low maintenance, easy to care for daily disposable contact lenses. These contact lenses are a much easier option for children who are involved in sports and other activities. Many kids don’t want to wear glasses, and with the daily disposable lenses we can ensure that they are keeping their eyes healthy while still wearing contact lenses.
At what age can children start wearing contact lenses?
There’s no specific age that determines when a child is ready to wear contact lenses, it’s really determined by the maturity level of the child. How responsible is this child is at home? This is one question we ask when we make this determination. A child needs to be able to take care of his or her contact lenses, and to be able to put them in and take them out of their eyes on their own.
What are some of the risks of wearing contact lenses for children?
As with anyone who wears contact lenses, there is always a risk of infections. Contact lens wear can sometimes increase symptoms of allergies. It’s important for children to be very responsible with the lenses to avoid developing an infection in their eyes, which can lead to damage to their eye health and vision.