What’s the appropriate age to start wearing contacts?

Consider More About Traits and Context

While there may be no minimum or recommended age for wearing contact lenses, it’s still important to consider whether contacts are appropriate. This decision has less to do with age than with your child’s unique traits and context.

Wearing contacts requires responsible wear and care. While complications seldom occur (affecting only 5% of wearers annually), most arise when contacts are worn or managed improperly. Can your child handle this responsibility? Think about whether your child can learn how to properly insert and remove contacts, even when tired, keep lenses clean, and follow a regular wear schedule.

Does your child need contacts? Is your eye doctor suggesting contacts? Does your child want them for better performance in sports? If the concern is purely cosmetic, consider chatting with your child about any underlying issues or peer pressure that might be driving his or her desire.

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