Requiring eyeglasses is often difficult for a teen. Adolescents can cringe at the very idea of being seen in glasses and looking ''dorky''. Compared to glasses, children and teens that opt for contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their looks, says a recently published study. The research results demonstrate that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the option of lenses. Results were recorded in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.
In what way do contacts improve teenagers' self image? Teens are self-conscious, and they often feel more attractive and accepted when they're not wearing glasses. Lenses may help young adults feel greater self-esteem and more ease around others by providing them a less visible alternative for vision correction.
While teens are generally fitted with contact lenses, children under thirteen are typically not given the choice of lenses, since eye care providers or parents don't believe that children are ready to take care of them sufficiently. However, with proper guidance, even at age eight, children are as competent at using and caring for contact lenses and they should be given the choice.
Generally before your child buys lenses you should consult your eye doctor to discuss any potential problems your child might encounter. Our optometry practice located in Winston Salem, NC, will be glad to assist you in determining the right prescription for your teenager's contact lenses.
If your pre-teen or adolescent needs vision correction, why not consider lenses? Through something as simple as a contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large array of lenses on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to determine what type of lens is most suitable for their character and style of life.