Contact lenses "are appropriate for children"

Contact lenses "are appropriate for children"

Contact lenses are an appropriate way of providing children with vision correction, despite some people questioning their suitability, one expert has stated.

Dr Dale Buettner, an optometrist at Wisconsin Vision in Franklin, US, said that he thinks children aged 12 or over are perfect candidates for contact lenses as long as they are responsible individuals and can follow manufacturer recommendations.

Doing so can help to eliminate some of the issues which are often associated with wearing glasses at school.

The expert told OnMilwaukee.com that it will often depend on the child"s lifestyle as to whether they are suited to contacts or not.

"Some kids are more active than others. Kids who are very active in sports usually want them younger than other kids," he explained.

Recently, research presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting and carried out by experts at the Ohio State University College of Optometry showed that having contact lenses fitted as a child is no more risky than having them fitted as a teenager.

by Adrian Galbreth

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