No teen likes to be seen in something out of style, and for a lot of teenagers, eyeglasses often seem that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen go to pieces. In comparison with eyeglasses, children and teens that wear lenses report a significant improvement in their looks, a newly published report shows. The study results indicate that starting at the age of eight, children should be offered the choice of lenses. The study was recorded in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.
So what makes contacts such a good option for teens? Young adults are easily embarrassed, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have eye glasses being the center of their appearance. Lenses may increase a teenager's self-esteem by providing them a less visible option for vision correction.
Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under thirteen are typically not given the option of contacts, since eye doctors or parents don't think that children are ready to deal with them properly. However, with the right guidance, even at age eight, children are just as capable at using and tending for contacts and they should be given the choice.
Of course before your child tries contacts you should consult your eye care practitioner to discuss any possible problems your child might encounter. Our Hoover, AL, optometry practice can help you to come up with the right plan for your teen's contacts.
If your child or adolescent is in need of vision correction, why not try contact lenses? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large variety of lenses on the market, you and your optometrist can work with your child to figure out what type of lens is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.