Medical Myth Exposed
At what age can you start wearing contact lenses? My son is only 11 and wants to wear contacts; is there a specific age for contact wearers?
There are no firm lower age limits for contact lens fittings. The important criterion is how responsible the patient and the parent are. A motivated, clear-thinking 11-year-old could well become a successful contact lens wearer. Be aware, however, that there will probably be more frequent changes in the necessary power of the contact lenses in patients younger than 18 than in older patients. Therefore, regular follow-up visits to the Eye M.D. who fits the contact lenses are important.
This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmartTM campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).