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What is the youngest a child should be to get his own contact lenses?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Depends

Except in special cases when a contact lenses is needed for visual reasons in the very young, the basic rule for time to wear contacts is maturity.
The child must be old enough to totally take care of the lense, insertion, removal, cleaning, keeping to schedule without the need for parental involvement. Typically this is about age 12 for girls and 14 for boys.

In brief: Depends

Except in special cases when a contact lenses is needed for visual reasons in the very young, the basic rule for time to wear contacts is maturity.
The child must be old enough to totally take care of the lense, insertion, removal, cleaning, keeping to schedule without the need for parental involvement. Typically this is about age 12 for girls and 14 for boys.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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In brief: When he can care for

If he can care for his own glasses and not loose them and the opthalmologist thinks it is appropriate.
Contacts need to be cleansed and taken out every day, extended wear contacts are usually not recommended for kids. Most kids around 13 or 14 can manage quite well.

In brief: When he can care for

If he can care for his own glasses and not loose them and the opthalmologist thinks it is appropriate.
Contacts need to be cleansed and taken out every day, extended wear contacts are usually not recommended for kids. Most kids around 13 or 14 can manage quite well.
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