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Jul 10, 2024 | Children's Eye Health, Contact Lens, Dry Eye, Eye health

Supporting Your Child’s Transition to Contact Lenses: Tips for Parents

Beginning to wear contact lenses can be a mixture of excitement and worries. It can be a challenge, especially for young wearers.Rest assured, with the right guidance and support, your child can enjoy the benefits of contact lenses safely and comfortably. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you and your child navigate this exciting transition.

Benefits of Contact Lenses for Children

You and your child will need to invest some time and energy to help them get used to wearing contact lenses at the beginning. Therefore, it is important for you and your child to work out why they are trying out contact lenses. This will help to motivate both you and your child through this journey.

  1. Increased Confidence: Many children feel more confident without glasses. Contacts allow them to see clearly without altering their appearance, which can be a significant boost to their self-esteem.
  2. Better Field of Vision: Contact lenses provide a wider field of vision compared to glasses. This can be particularly beneficial in daily activities and sports, where peripheral vision is essential.
  3. Enhanced Sports Performance: For active children, contact lenses are a game-changer. They stay in place, provide clear vision, and eliminate the risk of glasses getting damaged during sports.
  4. Myopia Control: Certain contact lenses are designed to slow down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children, offering long-term benefits for their eye health.

When Can Children Start Wearing Contact Lenses?

Children as young as 8 years old can start wearing contact lenses. While they may initially need help with insertion and removal from parents, they will gradually become more proficient with practice and guidance. 

Safety and Hygiene: Key Considerations

It’s natural to worry about the safety of contact lenses for your child. Interestingly, children are often more diligent than adults in following cleaning instructions, which reduces the risk of serious infections or complications. With proper hygiene and regular check-ups, contact lenses are a safe option for kids.

Preparing for Contact Lens Teaching Appointment

We will always provide teaching appointments to make sure both you and your child feel comfortable with putting the contacts in their eyes and taking them out either by themselves or with your help. To ensure a smooth transition, here are some practical tips for parents to prepare your child for these teaching appointments:

  1. Educate Yourselves and Your Child: Before the teaching classes, go through the information provided by the optometrist. Watch online videos together to understand the process better.
  2. Practice at Home: Help your child get comfortable with the idea of touching their eyes by practicing holding their eyelids open and touching the white part of the eye with clean hands.
  3. Lead by Example: If you wear contact lenses, demonstrate the insertion and removal process to your child. This visual learning can be very effective.

Post-Teaching Class Tips

Once your child has attended the teaching class, continuous practice is crucial:

  1. Daily Practice: Encourage your child to wear the contact lenses for a few hours each day to get used to them. Supervise the practice sessions to provide feedback and ensure they are following the correct procedure.
  2. Allow Extra Time: In the beginning, give your child plenty of time for insertion and removal to avoid rushing and frustration. If they struggle, encourage them to take a break after five attempts to prevent irritation or scratching of the eyes.
  3. Scheduled Reviews: Make sure to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with the optometrist to ensure the lenses fit properly and to address any concerns promptly.

Encouragement and Patience

Transitioning to contact lenses is a significant change for your child, and your support can make all the difference. Be patient, encouraging, and available to assist whenever needed. Celebrate small successes and reinforce good habits.


Helping your child start their journey with contact lenses can be a rewarding experience. By understanding the benefits, ensuring safety, and providing the right support, you can help your child enjoy clear vision and increased confidence. With time and practice, your child will become adept at managing their contact lenses, leading to a positive impact on their daily life. For any concerns or additional guidance, always consult your optometrist. They are your best resource for ensuring your child’s eye health and comfort with contact lenses.