No adolescent wants to be caught in something that makes them different, and for many teens, eyeglasses sometimes seem that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. Compared to glasses, kids and teens that opt for contact lenses report a significant improvement in their looks, reports a newly released study. The research results show that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the choice of lenses. Results were reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.
What is it about contact lenses that teenagers prefer? Teenagers are insecure, and they generally feel more positive about themselves if they don't have eye glasses being the center of their appearance. Contact lenses may help teens feel greater self-esteem and more comfort around others by giving them a less obvious option for vision correction.
Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under 13 are usually not given the choice of contacts, since eye care practitioners and parents don't think that children have the proper maturity to take care of them properly. In reality, with proper instruction, even at age eight, children are as capable at using and tending for contact lenses and they should be given the choice.
Of course before your child buys lenses you will want to ask your eye care practitioner to discuss any potential problems your child might encounter. Our Alpharetta, GA, optometry practice can assist you to come up with the right plan for your teenager's contact lenses.
If your child or adolescent needs vision correction, why not consider contacts? Through just a simple contact lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large variety of lenses available, you and your optometrist can work with your child to decide what modality is most suitable for their character and style of life.