Children’s Vision Are Contact Lenses a Good Choice for Kids? Contact lenses offer advantages in the areas of sports and self-esteem. But when is your child old enough for contacts? Controlling Nearsightedness in Children Certain types of contact lenses and eyeglasses may play a role in slowing the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness. Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses If you need correction for presbyopia but dislike the idea of bifocal eyeglasses, you have many contact lens options.