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Young Adults and Contacts

The need to buy glasses is often met with resistance from a adolescent. Teenagers may balk at the very thought of being seen in glasses and coming across ''uncool''. Compared to eyeglasses, children and teenagers that wear lenses report a significant enhancement in their appearance, says a recently released study. The study report suggests that beginning from the age of eight, kids may prefer being offered the choice of contact lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.

What is it about contacts that teens like? Teens are easily embarrassed, and they generally feel more positive about themselves when they're not sporting a pair of glasses. Lenses can enhance teens' self-image by giving them a less obvious option for their vision needs.

Additionally, contact lenses can be better for teens who participate sports. For teens, contacts may be safer than glasses in a number of circumstances. Unlike glasses, contacts are unlikely to break during basketball, and other contact sports. Contact lenses are also more comfortable when playing sports that necessitate face shields. In allowing for a full range of vision, contacts may also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport activities.

Generally before your child chooses lenses you will want to ask your eye doctor to go over any possible problems your child might have. Our Memphis optometry practice can help you in determining the right plan for your young adult's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or adolescent is in need of vision correction, why not consider contacts? Through something as simple as a contact lens, you can boost your teen's self-esteem. With the wide array of contacts on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to figure out what modality best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.