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Are Kids and Contact Lenses a Good Combination?

Is it safe and healthy for kids to wear contact lenses?

Many parents are uncertain about whether kids are good candidates for wearing contact lenses or not. The general answer is that yes, many children can safely and successfully wear contacts. However, it depends largely on the maturity and personality of the child, and not necessarily on age.

At EYEcenter Optometric, our Citrus Heights, California , eye doctor evaluates each child with a personalized eye exam and consultation to determine their suitability for contact lenses. The following issues must all be considered:

When can kids start wearing contact lenses?

Age is not the main determinant for when kids can start with contacts. Sometimes, young children – as young as eight years old – can wear lenses, but older teenagers cannot. The outcome depends largely upon your child’s level of responsibility. Some questions that parents should ask themselves include:

  • Does your child complete chores and homework without constant reminders?
  • Will he or she follow our eye doctor’s instructions for proper care of contact lenses?
  • Will your child be able to keep track of when it’s time to switch to a fresh pair of lenses?
  • Will he or she remember to remove the contact lenses before falling asleep for the night?

What type of contact lenses are best for kids?

Our Citrus Heights, California , eye doctor frequently recommends daily disposable soft contact lenses for children of all ages. Care is simpler, as these lenses can be thrown out regularly with no need to disinfect them. To preserve the lasting health of your child’s eyes, we only recommend high-quality, premium contact lenses from brand-name manufacturers. Cheaper types of contacts are linked with a higher chance of eye infection and injury. Don’t ever buy knock-off labels from inexpensive beauty stores or online shops!

What are the advantages of contact lenses for children?

If your child plays sports, contacts can be a superior form of vision correction. Even if your child’s eyeglasses are constructed with durable polycarbonate, the frames can break and lead to eye injury. A better solution can be to wear safety goggles over contact lenses. Not only is this combination safer, but it also offers wider peripheral vision.

Contact lenses can also boost self-esteem for kids who are insecure about their appearance in glasses. Studies have shown that lenses can help shy kids break free and socialize with more confidence.

An additional benefit of contact lenses is that they cannot be easily misplaced, forgotten about, or lost – like glasses tend to be!

What’s important to teach kids who are starting to wear contact lenses?

We encourage parents to remind their young children and teens that being negligent with contact lenses hygiene can be dangerous. When lenses aren’t cared for properly, they can lead to serious sight-threatening eye infections. At our Citrus Heights, California , eye care center, we will take the time to teach your child the correct ways to handle, disinfect, and store contact lenses.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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School Vision Tests: Why 20/20 is Not Enough & 3 Non-Eyeglasses Vision Troubles in the Classroom

Class is back in session! There are many steps to preparing your student for another successful year. Thankfully, a vision test is checked off the list due to a screening performed at school…right? Maybe not.

We all know vision and learning are linked. Our eyes give us about 80 percent of the information we need to process new information. So while kids are in school, checking their eyesight becomes especially important.

A similar method is used in many school vision screenings. Typically a Gant chart (the lettered poster with the big ‘E’) is used to see if a child has issues making out objects from a distance.

But a simple distance vision test doesn’t give any information about other visual skills that could be affecting the way a child’s brain gets information.

While routine school vision screenings may appear helpful, they give parents a false sense of security as there are a range of vision problems that may be missed. Failing to evaluate the entire visual system of a child could leave them at a disadvantage in the classroom. Here are three visual skills that should also be assessed, to ensure your child has the tools for successful learning:

  1. Eye teaming: Also known as binocular fusion, is the eyes’ ability to stay aligned at the same point, at the same time. When eyes have trouble working together, this can cause double vision and loss of depth perception.Back to School
  2. Tracking: Otherwise known as ocular motor control. Troubles in this area cause eyes to jump around when we’re trying to move them in a straight line—like while we’re reading. This often caused readers’ eyes to skip around, missing words and even entire lines. They can also lose their place easily while reading.
  3. Focusing: Also known as accommodation, is the eyes’ ability to see clearly. Sometimes objects appear blurred only at certain distances, or are a struggle to remain in focus. Headaches can also be caused by a struggle to keep objects clear in our sight.

When these skills are functioning properly and smoothly, this offers higher levels of processing visual information. In other words, concepts are more easily understood for the learner.

Make sure your student gets an evaluation of their complete visual system. This will uncover potential difficulties with any of the above skills, and if one is found, help you plan treatment options.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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