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Boosting Your Teenager’s Self-Image with Contacts

No adolescent likes to be caught in something out of style, and for a lot of teens, glasses can sometimes feel that way. Teenagers can balk at the very thought of wearing eyeglasses and coming across ''uncool''. Compared to glasses, children and teenagers that use contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published study demonstrates. The research report indicates that starting at the age of eight, children may prefer being offered the choice of contact lenses. Results were reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.

So why are contact lenses such a good option for adolescents? Teenagers are insecure, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they're not wearing glasses. Lenses can promote a young adult's self-esteem by providing them a less visible alternative for vision correction.

While teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children younger than thirteen are usually not given the option of contacts, since eye care providers or parents don't think that children are ready to care for them sufficiently. 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 lenses you will want to speak to your eye doctor to find out about any potential problems your child might have. Our optometry practice located in Fairfax, VA, can assist you to determine the right plan for your teen's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or adolescent needs vision correction, why not try contact lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can boost your teen's self-esteem. With the large assortment of lenses on the market, you and your optometrist can work with your child to figure out what modality best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.