Thanks for this question. It depends on a number of factors, so I recommend that you discuss this with your eye doctor
. Most importantly, how responsible is the child? Is he or she capable of taking the contacts in and out every day and every night? Can they make sure that they keep them clean and know the warning signs to look out for to make sure that they don't have an eye infection
? How bad is their vision? Are they having problems in school due to poor vision and need something to make sure that they don't fall behind, but are refusing to wear glasses? All of these are just a few of the questions that you will need to discuss with your optometrist
. There are obvious advantages to waiting until children are older, but these can be discussed in detail and the ideal plan can be arranged between you and your doctor based on a number of other factors. From a safety standpoint, there are a number of things that can be done to help to keep your child's eyes healthy and make sure that he or she is happy with the result as well. Please speak with your eye doctor about this question.