Putting contact lenses on baby 

Putting contact lenses on baby: it is possible!

Yes, wearing lenses is also a possibilité for the youngests! Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger’s COP9 team will share in this article crucial information regarding this topic: from what age and in which case, but also the hows of putting lenses on baby and making an appointment with trained professionals specialized in ophthalmic pediatrics.

Putting contact lenses on baby?

How to do it ?

The COP9 team recommends you to get your child used to wearing rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses as soon as possible. He or she will quickly understand the benefits of wearing them, such as being able to see in the morning and more mobility.

It is rather normal to worry when it comes to removing or putting contact lenses on baby. Our contactologist can take care of this act for you. You just need to make an appointment and let her do it, while observing her in order to learn.

It is the same kind of custom made contact lenses used by adults. Hard, with an excellent oxygenation, they are both comfortable and very usefulfor babies.

Putting contact lenses on baby

Putting contact lenses on baby :

in which case ?

The COP9 team draw your attention to the fact that it is possible to diagnose baby’ ocular pathologies at an early stage, such as:

Our pediatric ophthalmologist performs a fundus on newborns to check any potential ocular abnormality.

Depending on the pathology detected, putting contact lenses on baby, but also to very young children will be a possibility. Considered like an excellent corrective tool for the youngest, it allows to:

  • rehabilitate an amblyopia (lazy eye);
  • slow down the evolution of myopia (we will address the topic soon);
  • help adjusting the nystagmus movement; 
  • manage anisometropia.


And, like we previously said, putting contact lenses on baby after a congenital cataract surgery is very efficient and advised by our COP9 team!

Putting contact lenses on baby : from what age?

Le Dr Stéphanie Zwillinger, ainsi que sa contactologue, peuvent prescrire des lentilles de correction très tôt aux nourrissons. Il faut savoir qu’avant 7 ans, la prescription de lentilles est essentiellement médicale

Le cas le plus commun est la pose de lentilles après une chirurgie de la cataracte congénitale. Il faut attendre 15 jours après son opération pour mettre des lentilles de contact à bébé. Au plus tôt, il peut porter des lentilles à partir de l’âge de 6 semaines seulement !

L’enfant portera des lentilles tout le reste de sa vie, sauf si un choix d’implantation de cristallin artificiel est effectué par la suite.

If the child has too big of a correction difference between both eyes, doubled by a risk of amblyopia, it also is more advantageous to wear contact lenses. They allow a better development of the weaker eye, while spectacles won’t help as much to unbalance that point. Moreover, while treating amblyopia, the child will be more comfortable by wearing a contact lens on one eye, and an eyepatch on the other, than by combining a pair of glasses on top of an eyepatch.

If the baby, or the young child, needs a very strong correction, his or her spectacles lenses will be too thick. They can change the child’s field of vision as well as his or her perception of the surrounding world. And yet the child needs good visual stimulation, especially in his or her early years, in order to understand the world around him or her and learn properly. Contact lenses grant an efficient correction of the visual defaults and offer a more natural vision.

Putting contact lenses on baby :

what are the benefits ?

As a conclusion

Nous vous rappelons que la vision de votre bébé va évoluer rapidement. Pour vous assurer de sa bonne vision, nous vous invitons à prendre rendez-vous auprès de notre équipe COP9 trois à quatre fois par an afin d’adapter et vérifier l’état des lentilles de contact afin de les renouveler.


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