If you think about it, kids have a pretty active lifestyle. That’s why we parents seem to spend most our lives running them to different clubs, sports and activities.
They do loads of sport, and even when they aren’t participating in formal sport, often they are outdoors at the park or on their bikes. Contact lenses provide crisp, comfortable vision without any frame to get in the way, slip down your nose or become damaged.
We routinely fit contact lenses from 8 years old where the child is good about other routine habits such as brushing teeth. Interestingly, young children are often better at looking after their lenses than teenagers, and good habits are often carried on into teenage years.
Contact lenses are ideal for sport as modern lenses stay in exactly the right place even during contact sports. They give better peripheral vision, improving awareness of new information throughout the visual field, such as movements of other participant or potential dangers.
Contact lenses are so incredibly thin and breathable nowadays that most wearers are not even aware that they have lenses on their eyes. We describe it as being like a layer of cling-film over the front of the eye.
Not only are contact lenses perfectly safe for kids, they have a role in protecting the eye from UV which causes cataract and age-related macular degeneration. 50% of UV damage done to the human eye throughout the lifetime, has happened by the age of 20. This is because children spend more time outdoors, they have bigger pupils, and their own natural lens inside the eye starts to filter out UV from that age.
Studies have shown recently, that full time correction of vision can reduce the progression of short-sightedness and one of the best ways to get kids to wear their glasses, is actually by fitting them with contact lenses!
Kids can wear daily disposable lenses, reusable lenses, tailor made gas permeable lenses and Orthokeratology lenses which are worn when sleeping, and taken out in the morning to leave good vision all day long.
They are generally really motivated to wear lenses as the lenses have such benefit to their lifestyle and for this reason, they usually find placing, removing and handling the lenses very easy, following the written instructions given as a matter of course.
Ongoing costs involve the lenses themselves, any solution necessary and ongoing care to make sure everything is working well, and are available from just £12/month. We can use any NHS entitlement towards costs and can even have the lenses delivered to your door.
Initially, we examine they eyes for suitability, take detailed measurements and discuss options both with the child as well as parents. We then order some lenses, which not only fit the eye perfectly, but also give good vision. The first lens placed on the eye sometimes feels like an eyelash, but often is completely comfortable.
Once a suitable lens is found, we take time to show how to place, remove and look after the lenses. Once they are working successfully with the lenses confidently, we go through dos and don’ts, what to expect, when to wear, tips from your appointment and recall schedule, which is all given in writing to take away. Our fitting fee for all of this for disposable lenses is £55.