There’s no ‘official’ age to start wearing contact lenses – it all depends on your child’s ability to use and look after their lenses. Children are quick learners and have proven to be just as capable of wearing lenses as adults – but we’d recommend that a parent or guardian should supervise them to start with.
Benefits of contact lenses for kids
- Kids can sometimes feel self-conscious wearing glasses – contact lenses correct their vision while maintaining their natural appearance
- Their full field of vision is in focus which is great for sports
- They provide the freedom for kids to run around and get stuck in when they’re playing or during sports
- Removes the worry about breaking or damaging their glasses (so parents will enjoy the benefits too)
How can I get contact lenses for my child?
Book an appointment for your child to see an optician for a contact lens assessment. They’ll decide whether they’d be a good fit and recommend the best lens type for them.
As long as your child has an up-to-date prescription, they’ll get a free trial to see if they get on with them.
If they’d like to carry on wearing contact lenses – come back in to see us in store and we’ll sort out the rest.
Wearing contact lenses
If your child is struggling with putting in and taking out contact lenses, watch these handy 'how to' videos with them. It will help your child feel more confident about using contact lenses, along with some important advice. It really is easy peasy.
Looking for more top tips? Explore our guide to wearing contact lenses.
Types of contact lenses
Picking a contact lens type will depend on your child’s lifestyle and their prescription – they’ll be able to choose between daily, twice-monthly and monthly lenses. Our opticians are here to help you and your child find the perfect lens type.