No teenager wants to be caught wearing something that makes them different, and in the case of some adolescents, eyeglasses can often feel that way. Adolescents may balk at the very idea of being seen in eyeglasses and appearing ''uncool''. As opposed to glasses, kids and teenagers who opt for contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published study shows. The research report demonstrates that beginning from the age of eight, children may prefer being given the choice of contact lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.
Just how do contacts enhance teenagers' self image? Teenagers are insecure, and they generally feel better about themselves when they're not sporting a pair of eyeglasses. Contact lenses may increase a young adult's self-esteem by providing them a less visible option for vision correction.
While teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children under thirteen are typically not given the choice of lenses, because eye care providers or parents don't feel that children have the proper maturity to care for them appropriately. Actually, with proper instruction, even at age eight, children are as capable at wearing and caring for contacts and they should be offered the option.
Of course before your child buys contacts you will want to consult your eye doctor to find out about any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Lambertville optometry practice can help you to determine the right prescription for your young adult's contact lenses.
If your child or adolescent needs vision correction, why not try contacts? Through something as simple as a contact lens, you can boost your teen's self-esteem. With the large variety of lenses available, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to decide what type of lens is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.