What age is the right age to begin wearing contact lenses? And are contacts even safe for young children? You might be surprised by the answer.\nThe ability to wear contact lenses has nothing to do with age. In fact, it’s a matter of whether your child is mature enough to properly handle contacts.\nKids\u00a0and Contact Lenses: What’s the Right Age?\nChildren of all ages can wear contact lenses, even infants.\nThe main question remains: Is your child responsible enough to wear contact lenses? Will they follow your instructions, the doctor’s instructions, and the instructions that come with the contacts for proper use and care?\nKeep in mind, it’s common for kids to begin wearing contacts as young teens or pre-teens, and most optometrists say contacts are appropriate between the ages of 10 to 14, according the American Optometric Association.\nRELATED:\u00a0Ophthalmologist, Optometrist, or Optician?\n\nContacts Come with Benefits for Kids\nContacts can help your child feel more confident in themselves. Proven advantages of contact lenses include:\n\nContacts provide better peripheral vision\nThere’s the possibility of slowing the progression of nearsightedness\nThey’re better for sports and can be more comfortable during the day\n\nRELATED:\u00a0Best Glasses for Face Shape\nIs Your Child Ready for Contacts?\nIt all boils down to one question: Is your child responsible enough to care for contact lenses?\nWill they properly handle and disinfect the lens? Will they replace worn lenses? Will they avoid sharing lenses or removing them at inappropriate times? Will they remove the lenses before sleep? Ask yourself if your child regularly keeps their grades up at school and helps out around the house. These are good indicators as to whether they’re ready to wear contacts.\nBefore seeing a doctor, have a discussion with your child about the responsibilities of wearing contact lenses and the importance of keeping them clean.\nBefore buying your child contacts\nThe American Optometric\u00a0Association said the following factors are key considerations before purchasing contact lenses for your child:\n\nChild’s interest in lenses: Do they want contact lenses?\nChild’s maturity level: Again, are they able to properly care for the lenses?\nChild’s personal hygiene habits: Do they commonly keep their hands and face clean?\nSports participation: Sometimes glasses interfere with sports and other daily activities.\n\nHave more questions? Learn more by visiting the UPMC Eye Center website.