Children and parents ‘have different CL views’

Differing views between parents and children about vision correction options could be hindering the uptake of contact lenses for children, according to new research.

The study, which was carried out by online parenting community Mumsnet, on behalf of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, found that 44% of children questioned had asked their parents about getting contact lenses. 
 
Additionally, 38% said that their parents felt that they did not need contact lenses as ‘their glasses work just fine’, while 33% did not think their child was responsible enough to wear contact lenses.
 
Psychologist Emma Kenny, whose child has required vision correction since the age of four said: ‘For some parents, stepping back and allowing a child to assert his or her independence by assuming responsibly for something as important as vision correction, can be a bit daunting.
 
‘However, a growing body of research in this areas demonstrates that children as young as eight who need vision correction are capable of wearing and caring for soft contact lenses.’
 
The survey also reported that mothers who do not require vision correction are 70% more likely to agree that their child is not ready for contact lenses, compared to 50% who wear vision correction.
 
Furthermore, 40% of parents said they were comfortable with the idea of contact lenses for adults but not for children, and just 11% admitted to giving contact lenses ‘serious  consideration’ for their child.
 
However, while parents may not believe their child can handle contact lenses, almost half (47%) of children believe they are ready to responsibly wear and care for contact lenses. Independent optometrist Morven Campbell commented: ‘Age is one factor in determining whether a child is a good candidate for contacts, but should not be the only one.
 
‘For me, the child’s maturity level and interest in contact lens wear are far more important factors than age.’
 
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