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Boosting Your Teen’s Self-Esteem with Contacts

Needing to purchase glasses is often difficult for a teenager. Teenagers balk at the very idea of wearing eyeglasses and looking ''nerdy''. Compared to eyeglasses, kids and teens who use lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, says a recently released study. The study report demonstrates that beginning from the age of eight, children 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.

What is it about contacts that teenagers like? Teenagers are self-conscious, and they generally feel more positive about themselves if they're not wearing eyeglasses. Contact lenses can help teens feel greater self-esteem and more comfort around others by giving them a less obvious alternative for vision correction.

Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under 13 are usually not offered the option of contacts, due to the fact that eye care providers and parents don't feel that children are ready to deal with them sufficiently. In reality, with the right guidance, even at age eight, children are just as competent at using and caring for contact lenses and they should be offered the option.

Of course before your child tries lenses you should consult your eye doctor to discuss any possible issues your child might have. Our West Winfield optometry practice can help you to determine the right plan for your teenager's contact lenses.

If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not consider contacts? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large variety of contacts available, you and your optometrist can work with your child to determine what modality best fits their character and style of life.


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