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Teenagers and Contact Lenses


No teenager wants to be seen wearing something that makes them stand out, and in the case of many teens, eyeglasses can often feel that way. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. As opposed to glasses, kids and teenagers that wear contact lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, says a newly published study. The study results demonstrate that beginning from the age of eight, children should be offered the option of contact lenses. Results were recorded in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.


So what makes contacts so crucial for adolescents? Young adults are insecure, and they generally feel better about themselves if they're not wearing eyeglasses. Lenses may increase teens' self-esteem by providing them a less obvious alternative for their vision needs.


While teens are frequently fitted with contact lenses, children under thirteen are usually not given the option of contacts, due to the fact that eye care providers and parents don't feel that children are ready to care for them sufficiently. However, with proper instruction, children as young as eight are as competent at wearing and tending for contact lenses and they should be given the option.


Of course before your child buys contacts you will want to ask your optometrist to go over any possible problems your child might have. Our optometry practice located in Scotts Valley, CA, can help you in determining the right prescription for your young adult's contact lenses.


If your pre-teen or adolescent needs vision correction, why not try contact lenses? Through just a simple soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large selection of lenses on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to figure out what modality is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.