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Question:
My son is only 11 and he wants to wear contacts. I think he's too young. Is there a specific age for contact wearers?

Answer:
There are no firm lower age limits for contact lens fittings. The important criterion is the responsibleness of the patient and the parent. A motivated, clear-thinking 11-year-old could well become a successful contact lens wearer. Be aware, however, that there will probably be more frequent changes in the necessary power of the contact lenses in patients younger than 18 than in older patients. Therefore, regular follow-up visits to the Eye M.D. who fits the contact lenses are important.

Answered by: Lee Duffner, MD Dr. Lee Duffner

Categories: Eye Diseases, General Eye Health

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Answered: Nov 23, 2010

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