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Needing to buy glasses is often difficult for a teenager. Teenagers cringe at the very idea of having to wear glasses and looking ''dorky''. In comparison with eyeglasses, kids and teenagers who switch to contact lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, reports a recently released study. The research report indicates that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the choice of contact lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.
So why are contacts so critical for teenagers? Teenagers are easily embarrassed, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have eye glasses being the center of their appearance. Contact lenses can enhance a young adult's self-esteem by providing them a less obvious alternative for vision correction.
While teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children under thirteen are usually not offered the choice of lenses, because eye care practitioners and parents don't believe that children have the proper maturity to deal with them appropriately. However, with the right guidance, even at age eight, children are just as capable at using and caring for contact lenses and they should be offered the choice.
Of course before your child tries lenses you should ask your eye doctor to find out about any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Crystal Lake, IL, optometry practice can help you to come up with the right plan for your teenager's contacts.
If your pre-teen or adolescent is in need of vision correction, why not try contacts? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can really change your teen's life. With the large assortment of contact lenses on the market, you and your optometrist can work with your child to figure out what type of lens is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.