Can young people wear scleral contact lenses?The answer is simple, age is not a criterion. In order to ensure success with a CL fit, there are certain conditions that need to met, like how motivated is the patient, is the lens prescription suitable, are the apertures too small, is there a underlying condition like chronic dry eye that needs to be taken into account etc.? Once all the boxes are ticked, the chance of a successful CL ensured whether the patient is 6 or 60.
There are in fact factors that make CL in young people ideal:
- For some sports, the individual will perform better and safer with contact lenses. Think ball sports like cricket, rugby, soccer and tennis.
- Self-esteem must not be overlooked in some people who feel very self-conscious with their specs, and by fitting them with contact lenses, you can greatly increase their confidence and happiness too.
- Ortho-K. Young children with moderate to high degrees of myopia/near-sightedness will benefit from our overnight Ortho-K lens for myopia control. Please see the Ortho-K section for more detailed information.
Dailies (daily replacement lenses), can considered over monthly’s for situations where hygiene or compliance might be a problem. Dailies are also ideal for part time wear (just for sport as an example).
In my experience, I find young people a pleasure to fit CL. They generally are more adept and more compliant than many adults, and the youngest patient I’ve fitted with rigid (hard) CL was 6 years old. It is possible to fit young people; it is easy & safe too. Speak to your children, and you may feel surprise to hear what they have to say on the subject.