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Why Contact Lenses Are a Great Option for Teenagers

No adolescent likes to be seen wearing something that makes them different, and in the case of a lot of teenagers, glasses sometimes seem that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen go to pieces. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who opt for contact lenses feel a significant enhancement in their appearance, a newly published study demonstrates. The research results demonstrate that starting at the age of eight, children should be given the choice of contact lenses. The study was reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

Just how do contacts bolster adolescents' self esteem? Young adults are insecure, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they're not sporting a pair of eyeglasses. Lenses may enhance teens' self-image by providing them a less obvious option for their vision needs.

Although teens are frequently fitted with contact lenses, children younger than 13 are usually not offered the option of contacts, since eye doctors and parents don't think that children are ready to take care of them appropriately. Actually, with the right guidance, even at age eight, children are just as competent at using and caring for contact lenses and they should be given the option.

Generally before your child buys contacts you should consult your eye care practitioner to go over any possible issues your child might encounter. Our Lafayette optometry practice can assist you in determining the right prescription for your teen's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or adolescent is in need of vision correction, why not consider lenses? Through just a simple soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the wide array of contacts available, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to figure out what modality is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.