No adolescent likes to be seen wearing something that makes them stand out, and in the case of many teenagers, eyeglasses can often feel that way. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teen go to pieces. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who wear lenses feel a significant improvement in their looks, a newly published report demonstrates. The research report suggests that starting at the age of eight, kids may prefer being offered the choice of 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 adolescents like? Teenagers are self-conscious, and they often feel more positive about themselves if they don't have eye glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses may help young adults feel greater self-esteem and more ease around others by giving them a less obvious option for their vision needs.
While teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children younger than 13 are typically not offered the choice of contacts, because optometrists and parents don't feel that children have the proper maturity to care for them properly. In reality, with the right guidance, even at age eight, children are just as capable at wearing and tending for contact lenses and they should be given the option.
Generally before your child chooses lenses you should speak to your eye doctor to go over any possible problems your child might encounter. Our Kenosha optometry practice can help you to determine 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 something as simple as a soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large assortment of contact lenses available, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to decide what type of lens best fits their character and style of life.