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Contacts: Making a Difference for Teenagers

No adolescent wants to be seen wearing something out of style, and in the case of some teenagers, glasses sometimes seem that way. Adolescents sometimes cringe at the idea of having to wear glasses and appearing ''dorky''. In comparison with glasses, kids and teens who opt for lenses feel a significant improvement in their looks, a newly published report demonstrates. The research results demonstrate that beginning from the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the option of contact lenses. Results were recorded in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.

So why are contacts such a good option for teenagers? Teens are insecure, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have glasses being the center of their appearance. Lenses may increase a teenager's self-esteem by providing them a less obvious option for vision correction.

While teens are generally fitted with contact lenses, children under 13 are typically not offered the option of contacts, due to the fact that eye care practitioners or parents don't think that children are ready to care for them sufficiently. However, with proper guidance, children as young as eight are as capable at using and tending for contact lenses and they should be given the choice.

Generally before your child buys contacts you will want to consult your eye care practitioner to go over any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Albertville optometry practice can assist you in determining the right prescription for your young adult's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or teenager needs vision correction, why not try contacts? Through just a simple soft lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large variety of contact lenses available, you and your optometrist can work with your child to figure out what type of lens best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.