No teenager likes to be seen wearing something that makes them different, and for many teenagers, eyeglasses can sometimes seem that way. The mere thought of wearing glasses can send an adolescent panicking. As opposed to eyeglasses, children and teenagers who wear contact lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, a newly published report demonstrates. The study report suggests that starting at the age of eight, children should be offered the option of contact lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.
What is it about contact lenses that teenagers like? Adolescents are self-conscious, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they're not wearing glasses. Lenses can help young adults have a sense of greater self-esteem and more ease around others by giving them a less visible alternative for their vision needs.
Although teens are frequently fitted with contact lenses, children under thirteen are usually not given the choice of contacts, because eye care practitioners and parents don't feel that children have the proper maturity to take care of them appropriately. In reality, with the right instruction, even at age eight, children are just as competent at wearing and tending for contact lenses and they should be offered the option.
Generally before your child buys lenses you should consult your optometrist to find out about any possible problems your child might have. Our Manhattan, NY, optometry practice can help you to determine the right plan for your teenager's contact lenses.
If your pre-teen or adolescent is in need of vision correction, why not try lenses? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the wide variety of contacts on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to decide what modality best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.