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Teens and Contact Lenses

Needing to purchase glasses is often met with resistance from a teenager. Adolescents balk at the very thought of wearing eyeglasses and looking ''nerdy''. In comparison with glasses, kids and teens who use contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published study shows. The research report indicates that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the choice of contact lenses. Results were reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

Just how do contact lenses bolster teens' self esteem? Teens are insecure, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted if they're not sporting a pair of eyeglasses. Contact lenses may help teenagers have a sense of greater self-esteem and more comfort around others by giving them a less visible option for vision correction.

While teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children under 13 are typically not offered the option of lenses, due to the fact that optometrists and parents don't think that children are ready to care for them sufficiently. However, with proper instruction, even at age eight, children are as competent at wearing and caring for contact lenses and they should be offered the choice.

Generally before your child buys lenses you will want to consult your eye care practitioner to go over any possible issues your child might have. Our optometry practice located in Potomac, MD, can help you in determining the right plan for your teenager's contacts.

If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not try contact lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the wide selection of contacts on the market, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to decide what type of lens is most suitable for their character and style of life.


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