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Choose Contacts: The Benefits of Lenses for Teens

The need to purchase glasses is often difficult for a teen. The mere thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. Compared to glasses, children and teens who opt for contact lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, a newly published study demonstrates. The study results demonstrate that starting at the age of eight, children should be offered the option of lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

Just how do contacts enhance teens' self image? Young adults are self-conscious, and they generally feel better about themselves if they're not sporting a pair of eyeglasses. Lenses can help young adults have a sense of greater self-esteem and more ease around others by giving them a less visible alternative for vision correction.

Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under 13 are typically not given the choice of contacts, because eye care practitioners and parents don't think that children have the proper maturity to deal with them sufficiently. In reality, with the right guidance, children as young as eight are as capable at wearing and tending for contact lenses and they should be offered the option.

Generally before your child buys lenses you should consult your eye doctor to find out about any potential problems your child might have. Our Squamish or West Vancouver optometry practice can help you to determine the right prescription for your young adult's contact lenses.

If your child or teenager needs vision correction, why not try contact lenses? 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 eye doctor can work with your child to figure out what modality is most suitable for their character and style of life.