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Boosting Your Adolescent’s Self-Esteem with Contacts

The need to buy eyeglasses is often met with resistance from a teen. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teenager panic. In comparison with glasses, children and teenagers that use contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published report demonstrates. The study report demonstrates that beginning from the age of eight, children should be offered the choice of contact lenses. The study was reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.

What is it about contact lenses that adolescents prefer? Adolescents are insecure, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted when they're not sporting a pair of glasses. Contact lenses can promote a teenager's self-image by giving them a less obvious alternative for vision correction.

Although teens are generally fitted with contact lenses, children under 13 are typically not offered the option of contacts, since eye care practitioners or parents don't believe that children are ready to deal with them appropriately. In truth, with the right instruction, even at age eight, children are as competent at wearing and caring for contacts and they should be offered the option.

Generally before your child buys contacts you will want to consult your optometrist to discuss any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Baltimore, MD, optometry practice will be glad to help you to come up with the right prescription for your teen's contact lenses.

If your child or adolescent needs vision correction, why not try lenses? Through something as simple as a contact lens, you can really change your teen's life. With the wide array of contact lenses on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to determine what modality is most suitable for their character and style of life.