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Why Contacts Are a Great Option for Adolescents

The need to buy glasses is often met with resistance from a teen. Just the thought of wearing glasses can send an adolescent panicking. As opposed to glasses, children and teens who wear lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, reports a recently published study. The study results show that beginning from the age of eight, kids may prefer being offered the choice of contact lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

So what makes contacts such a good option for adolescents? Young adults are self-conscious, and they often feel more positive about themselves when they're not sporting a pair of glasses. Lenses may promote teens' self-image by giving them a less obvious option for vision correction.

Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under 13 are usually not given the choice of lenses, since eye care providers or parents don't feel that children have the proper maturity to care for them sufficiently. In reality, with proper instruction, children as young as eight are as competent at wearing and tending for contact lenses and they should be given the choice.

Of course before your child buys lenses you should ask your eye doctor to go over any potential problems your child might encounter. Our Overland Park, KS, optometry practice will be glad to assist you in determining the right prescription for your teenager's contacts.

If your pre-teen or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not try contact lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large selection of contact lenses available, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to figure out what type of lens best fits their character and style of life.