A Parent’s Guide to Contact Lenses
Contact Lens Guide
This guide is intended to answer questions regarding your child wearing contact lenses. Your child’s vision matters to us.
There is really no set age to begin wearing contact lenses. If you feel your child will be able to follow simple hygiene and wearing instructions given by Dr. Sciberras, they may be ready for contact lenses. Dr. Sciberras believes most teens with good hygiene and ocular health will be able to successfully wear contact lenses. Contact lenses may actually be a better alternative to wearing spectacles when: high or unequal prescriptions are encountered; vision correction is needed for sporting activities; or when the child has social pressures making it difficult to comply with spectacle wear.
Today’s lens materials and cleaning solutions make contact lens care simple and safe. Disposable lenses are the best choice for today’s busy teens. They eliminate complicated cleaning schedules, improve comfort and are better for ocular health. Daily disposable lenses are recommended for children with allergies, infrequent use and added convenience. Our staff will train and educate both the child and parent on the correct wearing and replacement schedule, how to properly maintain the lenses and specific rules to follow that promote healthy eyes and stable vision.
After a complete vision and eye health exam, Dr. Sciberras will recommend the best combination of lenses and care regimen for your child.
Studies show contact lenses can actually improve athletic performance by 25%. Soft disposable contact lenses are ideal for playing sports. They provide better depth perception, improved field of view and reaction time compared to glasses, and are not easily dislodged while participating in sports activities.
Contact lens costs vary, but are generally equivalent to the cost of glasses. Most vision insurance plans cover contact lens costs to the same extent that eyeglasses would be covered. For example, an insurance policy that covers $150 can be used towards the purchase of contact lenses or glasses up to $150. Our contact lens training and fitting fee for first time wearers is $55, which includes all associated initial fitting and training session, diagnostic trial lenses, a contact lens case and solution and up to 2 required follow-up visits.
It is important to remember that contact lenses are medical devices and should never be thought of as simply a cosmetic item. When contact lenses are properly fit, worn and cared for, they are very safe. The odds of a serious eye infection from wearing contact lenses on a daily basis are about 1.5 in two million. Still, it is essential that your child follow Dr. Sciberras’ directions for proper use and care of contact lenses.
Parents and children should read and follow the instructions listed below to promote eye health and contact lens comfort:
- Always wash hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.
- Handle the same lens first each time to avoid confusing the right and left lenses.
- Clean, rinse, and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them according to Dr. Sciberras’ instructions.
- Be aware of expiration dates on both solutions and contact lenses.
- Replace your lens case every 3 months. Clean your case by rinsing in hot water and allow to air dry by storing case upside down with the lids off.
- Never, ever use tap water on your lenses or for storage purposes. Saline solution should never be used for disinfecting or storing your contact lenses.
- Never swim in a pool or hot tub while wearing contact lenses without swim goggles.
- Never put a contact lens onto an eye that is red and/or if you are experiencing discharge from the eye.
- Avoid sleeping in your lenses.
- Do not switch contact lens solutions without doctor approval.
- Maintain regularly scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Sciberras.
- Contact lens wearers should have yearly eye health and vision exams.