Contact Lenses for Children
There is a myth that children are unable to be fitted with contact lenses until they are a teenager or at high school this is not the case. Here at CATS we are willing to fit contact lenses to any child with a desire to be spectacle free for either general wear or specifically for sports.
We are not restricted to the manufacturer of contact lenses we supply due to being an independent practice and can order contact lenses for even those very strong or complicated prescriptions.
If you are worried or concerned or have any questions contact us to discuss the different options available. We keep a close check on your child and regularly see them for after-care checks to ensure they are complying to the cleaning and handling regimes required. There really is no need to be worried.
It is often safer to wear contact lenses than spectacles especially for sports and dance, It can also improve self-esteem and confidence. Spectacles are always also required to provide a break from wearing contact lenses and for those times when contact lenses are not suitable.
Our staff are patient and will spend the time required to show your child and you how to put contact lenses in, how to remove them and care for them. We will ensure you and your child are able to do this confidently before you take any contact lenses home, even if several visits are required before you reach this stage.
Cathryn our optometrist fitted her own children at the age of 8 with contact lenses for part time wear as they were both keen at gym and dance and both short-sighted from an early age.
Shortsightedness (myopia), is related to how your child’s eyes are growing. When your child has myopia their eyes are growing too long, and light focuses in front of the retina. This blurs their vision, so they need spectacles or contact lenses to see clearly.
Controling myopia in children is important because:
- As their eyes grow and their myopia increases, the dependency on glasses increases.
- This can reduce the ability of children to participate actively in sports and other activities.
- Increasing myopia can lead to eye health problems in the future.
MiSight 1 day – the first contact lens proven to slow the progression of myopia
Wearing MiSight 1 day contact lenses is shown to reduce myopia progression in children by 59% on average, reducing reliance on vision correction.
For more information look at our Myopia Control page: https://catsopticians.co.uk/myopia-control/