No teenager wants to be caught wearing something that makes them different, and in the case of some teenagers, eyeglasses can sometimes feel that way. Teenagers sometimes cringe at the thought of being seen in eyeglasses and coming across ''uncool''. In comparison with glasses, children and teenagers that switch to lenses report a significant enhancement in their appearance, says a newly released study. The study report indicates that starting at the age of eight, children should be given the option of contact lenses. The study was 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 teenagers? Teenagers are easily embarrassed, and they generally feel more positive about themselves when they don't have eye glasses being the center of their appearance. Lenses may promote a teenager's self-image by providing them a less visible alternative for their vision needs.
While teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children younger than thirteen are typically not given the option of lenses, since eye care providers and parents don't believe that children are ready to deal with them properly. Actually, with the right guidance, children as young as eight are as competent at wearing and caring for contacts and they should be given the option.
Of course before your child tries lenses you should consult your eye care practitioner to discuss any possible problems your child might have. Our Boynton Beach, FL, optometry practice will be glad to help you in determining the right plan for your teen's contact lenses.
If your pre-teen or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not consider lenses? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large assortment of lenses on the market, you and your optometrist can work with your child to determine what modality best fits their character and style of life.