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Improving Your Adolescent’s Self-Image with Contact Lenses


No teenager wants to be caught in something that makes them stand out, and in the case of many adolescents, eyeglasses sometimes feel that way. Young adults sometimes cringe at the very idea of having to wear eyeglasses and appearing ''uncool''. In comparison with eyeglasses, children and teens that switch to contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published report shows. The study results indicate that beginning from the age of eight, kids may prefer being given 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 adolescents? Young adults are insecure, and they often feel more positive about themselves when they don't have eye glasses being the center of their appearance. Lenses may help young adults feel greater self-esteem and more comfort around others by providing them a less visible option for vision correction.

Moreover, contacts are a plus for active teens who participate sports. For teenagers, contact lenses can be safer than glasses in many circumstances. Unlike glasses, lenses are a lot more durable during basketball, and other rough sports. Contacts are also more convenient when participating in sports that require face shields. In allowing for a complete range of vision, they may also enhance teenager's peripheral vision during sport games.

Generally before your child chooses lenses you will want to consult your optometrist to discuss any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Mill Creek optometry practice will be glad to assist you in determining the right prescription for your teen's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or teenager needs vision correction, why not consider contacts? Through just a simple soft lens, you can really change your teen's life. With the wide array of contact lenses on the market, you and your optometrist can work with your child to figure out what modality is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.