Study Says Contact Lenses Safe For Children

July 7, 2017

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Good news for kids and contacts. Soft contact lenses are as safe for children and teens as they are for adults, a new review finds. Researchers reviewed nine studies that included 7-to 19-year-olds who use soft contact lenses, to gauge the risk of corneal inflammation infection and inflammation. The studies found a relatively low rate of these corneal issues among youths, with one large study finding the rate of events in younger children (8 to 12) much lower than in teens aged 13 to 17. The findings should reassure parents about the safety of soft contacts in children and teens. They may improve young people's self-esteem and quality of life, and have been shown to prevent or slow progression of nearsightedness in children.


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