No adolescent wants to be seen in something that makes them stand out, and in the case of a lot of adolescents, eyeglasses sometimes seem that way. Adolescents sometimes cringe at the thought of being seen in eyeglasses and coming across ''dorky''. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who switch to lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, says a recently published study. The research report indicates that beginning from the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the choice of contact lenses. The study was reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.
In what way do contact lenses enhance adolescents' self esteem? Teenagers are insecure, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses can increase teens' self-image by giving them a less obvious option for their vision needs.
In addition, contacts are a plus for active teens who participate sports. For teens, contacts may be more protective than eyeglasses in many situations. Unlike eyeglasses, contacts are a lot more durable during basketball, and other rough sports. Contact lenses are also more convenient when playing sports that necessitate safety masks. By allowing for a complete range of vision, they may also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport activities.
Of course before your child purchases lenses you should consult your optometrist to discuss any potential issues your child might encounter. Our Glastonbury optometry practice can help you in determining the right prescription for your teenager's contact lenses.
If your child or adolescent needs vision correction, why not try contacts? Through just a simple soft lens, you can boost your teen's self-esteem. With the wide array of contact lenses available, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to decide what type of lens best fits their character and style of life.