Contact lenses are prescribed for babies and children for medical reasons such as congenital cataracts, aphakia, corneal conditions, or eye injuries.
Congenital Cataracts: Infants born with cataracts may require contact lenses as part of their treatment plan. Contact lenses can be used to help maintain the development of the infant’s visual system while they await cataract surgery.
Aphakia: If an infant has undergone cataract surgery or is born without a natural lens (aphakia), contact lenses may be used to provide the necessary refractive correction. Without correction, aphakia can lead to severe vision problems.
Keratoconus: Although rare in infants, keratoconus is a condition where the cornea becomes progressively thin and conical in shape. In some cases, contact lenses, including rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses or scleral lenses, may be used to provide stable vision.
Eye Injuries or Surgeries: Contact lenses can be employed to protect and heal the eyes of infants or children who have experienced traumatic injuries or undergone certain surgical procedures.
Corneal Conditions: Some congenital corneal conditions may require contact lenses for infants to improve vision and promote normal eye development.
Our doctors here at Insight Vision Center Optometry are certified in fitting pediatric contact lenses and our team is ready to assist you with not only the fitting process of these lenses, but also with the required training needed to learn how to apply and remove the lenses for your child. We will also guide you on the proper technique for how to clean and care for the lenses to ensure optimal health of the eyes.
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