Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses and can be worn by anyone of any age once their eyes are suitable for them and they know how to look after them. There are lots of different types of contact lenses, so if you have astigmatism or dry eyes, you may be able to wear contact lenses, even if you could not use them in the past. Its always worth talking to your optometrist about contact lenses and discussing what options are available to you.
In Ireland, if you wear contact lenses, it is legally required that you should have a contact lens eye examination every year. No matter how good contact lenses are, they are still something which you put into your eye. The law is there to protect your eyes, to ensure they stay healthy and that your prescription is suitable to your eyes needs and your lifestyle needs.
Children under the age of 16 can wear contact lenses and are often more successful in wearing and caring for them than adults are. If you would like to consider contact lenses as an option for your child, talk to your optometrist.
In order to ensure healthy eyes and optimal contact lens wear, it is legally required that all contact lens prescriptions should be renewed after 12 months. This is to protect the wearer from any adverse effects of lens wear. If you wear contact lenses, make sure you get your eyes checked regularly.