Choosing whether to set your child up with glasses vs. contact lenses is always a difficult process, and involves a number of factors that are difficult to predict. Particularly with young children, most parents are inclined to at least start their kids off with glasses, and allow them to switch to contact lenses later on, if they decide that they want to. This is perfectly fine if it works for your specific situation, and indeed in many cases glasses are the right choice for young children. However, it makes sense to sit down and think about all of the most important factors in your decision before making it. Here are a few main concepts to think about.
• First off, is your child old enough to handle contact lenses if he or she wants to? To most adults who wear contacts, they are extremely simple, and simply part of the routine. However, to young children contact lenses can sometimes be irritating and difficult to properly care for. It is worth noting that Acuvue contacts now come in various styles, some of which are designed to be comfortable for easily irritated eyes, but it is still up to you to decide whether or not your child will be able to handle contacts.
• Next, you will want to consider how active your child is. If you have a kid who is constantly running around, playing sports, etc. then it is highly likely that glasses would be lost, damaged, or both fairly often. Remember, kids can be reckless, and taking care of a delicate pair of glasses is rarely high on a child’s list of priorities. On the other hand, if your child is less interested in sports or physical exertion, glasses may suit him or her just perfectly. Simply put, you should decide whether or not glasses would potentially be at risk based on your child’s tendencies and personality.
• Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you need to consider your child’s preference. Ideally, you will be able to take your child in to an eye doctor’s office so that he or she can try on some contact lenses, as well as a few different pairs of glasses, and make an independent decision. Children’s preferences vary, after all – some can’t imagine themselves without glasses, and some don’t like they way they look with glasses. Some are comfortable with contact lenses, and others find them irritating. It’s very important to consider your child’s personal preferences when making this sort of decision.
Kevin Taylor is a freelance writer with a keen interest in eye health and eye care. He contributes to a number of sites, and looks forward to a career in journalism.