Some kids and their parents prefer spectacles to contact lenses as they don’t want something “directly touching the eye”. However, special types of contact lenses have been shown to be far more advantageous than wearing regular spectacles. Not only do these contact lenses provide clear vision without the inconvenience of wearing spectacles, both research and clinical practice studies show that they also help slow down progressive vision deterioration that occurs with myopia.
Cost-wise, since your child still needs to have backup spectacles on hand, you can expect that adding contact lenses may be more costly. However, there are some benefits to contact lenses that could save you money. If your kid is very active and/or participates in sports where spectacles are easily damaged, you won’t be replacing those nearly as often. Also, a lot of kids have rapidly changing prescriptions as they’re growing. Ordering a three-month supply of contact lenses sometimes makes more sense than continually replacing spectacles.