• Can kids with amblyopia wear contacts?


    Question:

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


    Answer:

    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.