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Contact Lenses

A variety of contact lenses for children are now available to choose from. However, not all contact lenses are suitable for children. With respect to contacts, parents should note: 

  • Children must have a complete eye examination within 6 months before they can be fit for prescription contact lenses to ensure that they are healthy and suitable candidates for contacts. 
  • Most ophthalmologists do not routinely fit contact lenses for cosmetic reasons in children younger than 10 years old. The appropriate age for lens fitting, however, must be determined with input from the child, parents and doctor. 
  • The type of contact lenses best suited for your child must be individually determined. 

With most children, disposable soft contact lenses are preferred as they are more comfortable and easier for the eye to adapt to. Since soft lenses are less likely to pop out or move around on the eye, they are generally preferable for the rough and tumble world of most children. 

Whenever feasible, one-day or daily disposable contact lenses are often the best choice for children as they provide an excellent combination of convenience and hygiene, and are usually preferred by Dr. Colis.  Each day a new daily disposable contact is inserted in the morning and discarded at night. It is convenient because there is no lens cleaning at all. It is healthy because there is no day-to-day lens protein deposit buildup, less risk of infections, less risk of allergies, no risk of allergic reactions to cleaning solutions and no increased risk of eye problems due to sleeping in lenses. 

In young patients with astigmatism (where the shape of the cornea is not perfectly round or spherical), special custom designed soft contact lenses called toric soft contact lenses can correct the astigmatism, resulting in better vision correction than with a spherical lens alone. 

For most children, the process of being fit for contact lenses includes: 

  • a trial fitting session where measurements are taken to determine the curvature of the cornea and actual trial lenses are inserted to assess fit and comfort; 
  • training session(s) to teach your children how to insert and remove their contact lenses by themselves and how to care for their lenses, and 
  • a follow-up visit to confirm that the contacts are fitting well. 

In addition, we ask that your children always come to their appointments with their contact lenses in so that we can check them at each regular exam. 

Keep in mind that glasses and contact lenses are meant to complement each other, not replace the other, and there will be circumstances where one is more appropriate than the other.