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Contact Lenses For Kids Who Play Sports

Question: Is it okay for my child to wear contact lenses during sports?

Answer from: Dr. Linda Chous, O.D., eye care expert

Many kids prefer to wear contact lenses when they play sports. Depending on the sport, your child may also need to wear protective goggles.

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Dr. Linda Chous, chief eye care officer for UnitedHealthcare, has been running her own private practice for more than 20 years. She received her doctor of optometry degree with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry and is a licensed optometrist in Minnesota and California.

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A parent asks, is it OK for my child to wear contact lenses during sports? Contact lenses are a great option for sports, in fact, many kids start out wearing contact lenses because they play sports. And they may just start out wearing them just for the sport and then start liking them so much that they wear them full time. That being said, one of the things you have to remember is that when you’re wearing contact lenses and you’re in a sport where there could be some contact from another player or a ball that could injure the eye you need to wear sport goggle protection. So you’re not out of the woods completely, plus, a lot of kids start with swimming to wear contact lenses and they need to wear swimming goggles because you don’t want any of the water from the pool getting in underneath, inside the contact lenses. So, there are really good options and what you really need to do is discuss with your eye care doctor what are the best options for your child given the sport that they play.