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Choose Contacts: The Benefits of Lenses for Teens


Requiring glasses is often difficult for a adolescent. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who use contact lenses report a significant improvement in their looks, a newly published study demonstrates. The research report suggests that starting at the age of eight, children should be offered the choice of lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.


So why are contacts such a good option for teens? Teenagers are insecure, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted when they're not wearing eyeglasses. Lenses can increase a young adult's self-esteem by providing them a less obvious option for vision correction.


While teens are generally fitted with contact lenses, children younger than thirteen are typically not given the choice of lenses, since eye doctors or parents don't believe that children are ready to care for them properly. However, with the right guidance, children as young as eight are as competent at wearing and tending for contact lenses and they should be offered the choice.


Of course before your child buys contacts you should speak to your eye care practitioner to find out about any possible issues your child might encounter. Our optometry practice located in Bloomington, IL, will be glad to assist you to come up with the right prescription for your teen's contact lenses.


If your pre-teen or adolescent needs vision correction, why not consider lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large assortment of contact lenses available, you and your optometrist can work with your child to figure out what modality best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.