No teenager likes to be caught wearing something that makes them different, and for many teenagers, glasses can often feel that way. Just the thought of ''four eyes'' can send a teen panicking. Compared to eyeglasses, kids and teens that opt for lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, reports a newly published study. The research report indicates that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be given the choice of contact lenses. The study was reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.
What is it about contacts that adolescents prefer? Young adults are self-conscious, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have eye glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses can promote a young adult's self-esteem by giving them a less obvious alternative for their vision needs.
Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under thirteen are typically not given the option of contacts, because eye doctors or parents don't believe that children have the proper maturity to deal with them sufficiently. Actually, with proper instruction, even at age eight, children are as capable at using and caring for contact lenses and they should be offered the option.
Generally before your child chooses contacts you should ask your optometrist to discuss any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Lexington, KY, optometry practice can assist you to come up with the right prescription for your young adult's contacts.
If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not consider lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large variety 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.