Optometrists have spoken out on their feelings about children wearing contact lenses in a new survey.
According to a poll by the American Optometric Association (AOA), more than half of optometrists feel that it is appropriate to introduce children to soft contact lenses between the ages of ten and 12.
The survey also found that, when a child is between the ages of 13 and 14, nearly half of optometrists prescribe contact lenses as the principal form of vision correction.
Almost every respondent said that a child"s interest and motivation to wear contact lenses is the most important factor to consider in fitting a child with contact lenses.
Additionally, 39 per cent of optometrists say that the main reason parents request their child to be fitted with contact lenses is because the youngster refuses to wear glasses.
Recently, the Contact Lenses in Pediatrics Study, carried out by experts at the Ohio State University College of Optometry, New England College of Optometry and University of Houston College of Optometry, showed that 68 per cent of children and 65 per cent of teens noticed improved performance in sporting activities when wearing contact lenses.
by Alexa Kaczka