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  • Can kids with amblyopia wear contacts?


    Can kids under 13 with amblyopia (when vision in one or both eyes doesn’t develop properly during childhood) get contact lenses?


    It depends. If the amblyopia is mild and well treated I do not see a problem with the use of contact lenses. If the amblyopia is severe, some physicians worry about stopping glasses which provide a degree of protection to the good eye. However, if the contact is for the amblyopic eye because it has a significant refractive error (like near- or far-sightedness), in some cases it can be an important part of the treatment of the amblyopia. This is an important discussion to have with your child’s ophthalmologist.