If you are interested in knowing if your child can wear contact lenses, the first step is to come in for a routine eye exam to determine if your child is a good candidate. Since Dr. Fischer is a specialist in children, in some circumstances she prescribes contacts for very young children, even infants. However most children start wearing contact lenses at 8-12 years old.
It is very important that children have glasses to rest their eyes from contacts every day. We have a program to help children learn how to use contacts. We usually start with daily disposable contacts to allow children to practice first.
The first time soft contact lens fittings start at $120 and includes training on how to put them in and take care of them. The fitting also includes trial lenses for a week and a 1 week follow-up exam. If the children are doing well at that time, most parents buy a box of contacts for each eye (typically a box of disposables has 90 lenses which lasts for 3 months per eye.) Then the doctor sees them back after 3 months to make sure they are responsible with their contacts. It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure they take them out every night and make sure they throw them away as directed by the doctor.