Requiring glasses is often difficult for a teenager. The mere thought of ''four eyes'' can make a adolescent panic. Compared to glasses, kids and teenagers who use lenses report a significant improvement in their looks, says a recently released study. The study results indicate that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be given the option of lenses. Results were reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.
What is it about contact lenses that teenagers like? Young adults are self-conscious, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses can promote a teenager's self-image by providing them a less visible alternative for vision correction.
While teens are generally fitted with contact lenses, children under thirteen are typically not offered the option of contacts, since optometrists or parents don't feel that children are ready to care for them sufficiently. Actually, with the right instruction, even at age eight, children are just as competent at using and tending for contacts and they should be offered the choice.
Generally before your child chooses contacts you will want to consult your optometrist to go over any potential issues your child might encounter. Our North Reading, MA, optometry practice can help you to come up with the right plan for your teenager's contacts.
If your pre-teen or adolescent needs vision correction, why not consider contacts? Through just a simple soft lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large assortment of contacts on the market, you and your optometrist can work with your child to determine what modality best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.