It depends on the prescription and the child, but I think nowadays it can be as soon as the child is capable of being responsible about hygiene and cleaning and can insert and remove the lenses themselves - so maybe from 7, but I think for most kids a bit older.
My son got soft ones at 12 and couldn't cope with putting them in, then at 14 he has got fantastic ortho k lenses which he wears at night and then nothing during the day - a complete revelation. We only heard about them because we happened to go to an optician that is qualified to prescribe them. It has made a huge difference when playing rugby and paintballing!
It helped that I've worn lenses for donkey's years so was able to help him, but after a couple of weeks use he has never looked back.
PM me or ask if you want more info about ortho K. DS is short sighted and has an astigmatism if that helps.
The hospital person [eye doctor- sorry the correct term escapes me!] said 13 and above is a good guide age, My son ended up getting them at 14.
As long as they are sensible and you think they will be careful hygiene wise, that is the main thing.
When my son got his first ones, he had to go into the opticians and practice putting them in, then go off for an hour or so, then go back and remove them himself. He learned very quickly and was allowed to take them home on the first practice session.
It had been life changing for my son really, he is much more confident now.
He uses the monthly ones, the optician said they often start them off with dailys thoughs, but he went straight to monthlies.
Hi Amber. They are not cheap, but worth every penny for the benefits. We pay £43 per month which includes new lenses every 6 months, all solutions and as many opticians appointments as we need. Not all opticians can prescribe them. Our chap is fab and is highly qualified, so I'm very confident he is prescribing the best solution for DS.
How it works is that the lenses are a bit like hard lenses and they reshape the eye overnight and this is retained during the day. The optician took scans of DS's eyes to both fit the lenses and to monitor progress and health of the eye. After 6m DS is a textbook case.
The change is not permanent, but case study suggests that in children ortho k slows down deterioration in the prescription. Hopefully when he is older he can have laser but for now, it means complete freedom from lenses/glasses during waking hours which is fantastic for teen boys who seem to rough each other up regularly and take no prisoners at sports.
If you google it, there's a fair bit of info on the web
It sounds really good, I just told my son about them and he was initially excited at the idea in a 'wow that sounds miraculous' way, but has just come over very sensible and said 'Mum, it is a lot of money and Im fine with the ones I have'...
I pay about £43 for 3 months worth of lenses and solution, so that would be a big difference.
I think it sounds like a good alternative to laser surgery...which is what I think my son is holding out for!
It is expensive - I didn't tell DH till it was a done deal!!! But as a lifelong lens wearer myself I could really sympathise with DS's hatred of glasses. How sweet of your DS and if he is fine with the ones he has that's great. My DS really struggled with soft ones so orthoK was the right thing for him.