Are your kids ready for contact lenses?

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According to a survey conducted by Mom Central Consulting for Bausch + Lomb, 93% of moms have had conversations with their children about big topics like drugs, alcohol and smoking. However, many moms feel least prepared for daily talks about more basic topics that can impact their child’s self-confidence. For instance, only 33% of mothers are ready to talk to their children about makeup and only 21% are prepared to talk with a child who wants to forego glasses for contact lenses. I’m bringing this up because that is today’s topic — contact lenses for kids. In fact, I want to mention right now that Bausch + Lomb is offering a free trial of SofLens daily disposable lenses. Plus dads and moms can also enter their Daily Score sweepstakes to win a $5,000 scholarship for their child.

Last year, we found out our oldest daughter needed glasses. Right off the bat, she told us she wanted contact lenses. We didn’t think she was ready, so we only got her glasses. It’s been a year now, and we decided to revisited the contact lenses issue. Here are some of the questions we had.

Is our 11-year old child old enough to wear contact lenses?
According to my Google research, there really isn’t a magical age when kids can wear contact lenses. A child’s eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. In fact, some infants have been fitted with contact lenses because of congenital cataracts or other eye conditions present at birth. In our case, we consulted with an optometrist (better safe than sorry, right?). She examined our daughter’s eyes and didn’t see a problem. The doctor fitted our daughter and had her come back a week later. During the follow-up visit, the optometrist examined her again and did not find any problems with her eyes or her contact lenses.

Can she take the contact lenses on and off by herself?
I didn’t get contact lenses until I graduated from college. Even then, I had problems putting on contact lenses for the first several months. My daughter’s only eleven, so I really didn’t think she could put the lenses on by herself. I was wrong. She didn’t have any problems at the doctor’s office. At home, she does need help from mommy occassionally, but most of the time she was able to put on the contact lenses without any problems.

Will she remember to clean her lenses daily?
Our daughter is fairly responsible so we knew she would clean her contact lenses most of the time. However, we weren’t sure she would remember to clean them every day. We concluded daily disposables would be the safer choice for her. The last thing we wanted was for her eyes to get infected.

Will she drop a lens down the sink?
When my wife was a child, she dropped one of her contact lenses down the sink on the first day she got them. So we had a feeling our daughter would eventually lose her contact lenses down the sink too. Another good reason for daily disposables.

How much do contact lenses cost?
I thought daily disposables would be very expensive, but they are actually affordable. We had our daughter fitted with the Bausch + Lomb SofLens Daily Disposables. A box of 90 lenses costs only $30. That comes out to about 33¢ a lens. Annually, that comes out to about $240 if your kids wear them every day. It’s less than $180 annually if they only wear the contact lenses five times a week.

[Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bausch + Lomb and will receive Soflens daily disposables to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.]


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  1. The self-esteem of children and teens is closely related to their appearance. If they don’t like the way they look in glasses, it can affect their personality, their performance in school, even their future. Once they start wearing contacts, many shy kids come out of their shell and begin participating more in life.

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