Can my child insert and remove contact lenses on their own?

It’s natural for parents to worry about their child’s ability to safely and comfortably insert and remove contact lenses. Fortunately, the research shows that with a little instruction and a proper routine, even young children can quickly become proficient.

9 out of 10 kids can do it themselves
When CooperVision® introduced their MiSight® 1 day contact lens, it was developed specifically to slow myopia progression in age-appropriate children.* Participants in a three-year MiSight® study, some as young as 8 years old, overwhelmingly reported insertion/removal success. 90% of the children indicated that they could insert and remove the lenses on their own.1† When asked if they could insert their lenses without difficulty, 57% reported that lens insertion was easy by the end of week one. That number continued to climb all the way to 85% by the end of the first month.Results like these provide a pretty clear indication that most children are quick learners when it comes to lens insertion and removal.

How you can help as a parent
Of course, all kids are different and some may need more assistance than others. If you’re a parent who wears contacts, sharing your experience may prove extremely helpful and comforting to your child. If you’re not a contact lens wearer, being involved in the learning process, at least initially, is a great way to provide encouragement.

Remember, to use available lens insertion and removal resources. You can always ask your prescribing Eye Care Professional if they have any materials that will demonstrate proper insertion and removal techniques. Helpful videos like the ones found on our MiSight® YouTube channel can also be used to lessen any apprehension your age-appropriate child may be feeling. Getting detailed step-by-step tips from their peers can instill kids with confidence and shorten the learning curve.

The benefits outweigh the challenges
The introduction of new lens materials and daily disposable technologies have helped make contact lenses kid friendly3 in ways never before imagined. And with the practical eye health benefits of products such as MiSight® 1 day myopia management contact lenses4‡, parents have added incentive to weigh the benefits of contact lenses versus traditional prescription eyeglasses.