No adolescent likes to be caught wearing something that makes them different, and in the case of some teenagers, eyeglasses can often feel that way. Teenagers can balk at the thought of wearing glasses and coming across ''nerdy''. Compared to glasses, children and teenagers who switch to contact lenses report a significant enhancement in their appearance, reports a recently published study. The study results indicate that beginning from the age of eight, pre-teens should be given the choice of lenses. Results were recorded in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.
What is it about contact lenses that adolescents like? Teenagers are easily embarrassed, and they often feel better about themselves if they don't have glasses being the center of their appearance. Contact lenses can help teenagers feel greater self-esteem and more comfort around others by providing them a less visible option for vision correction.
Additionally, contact lenses can be an advantage for teens who participate sports. For teens, contacts may be more protective than eyeglasses in a number of situations. Unlike glasses, they are unlikely to break during football, and other rough sports. Contact lenses are also more comfortable when playing sports that necessitate safety masks. By providing a complete range of vision, they may also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport games.
Of course before your child buys lenses you will want to ask your eye care practitioner to go over any possible issues your child might have. Our North Vancouver optometry practice will be glad to assist you in determining the right plan for your young adult's contacts.
If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not consider contact lenses? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the wide assortment of contact lenses on the market, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to figure out what modality best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.