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Contact Lenses: A Real Self-Esteem Booster for Teens

No teenager likes to be seen in something that makes them different, and for many teenagers, eyeglasses can often feel that way. Teenagers may balk at the idea of being seen in eyeglasses and appearing ''dorky''. As opposed to glasses, kids and teenagers that wear contact lenses report a significant improvement in their looks, reports a newly released study. The research report suggests that beginning from the age of eight, kids may prefer being offered the choice of lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

So why are contacts such a good option for teens? Teens are easily embarrassed, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted when they're not sporting a pair of glasses. Lenses can help teenagers have a sense of greater self-esteem and more ease around others by giving them a less visible option for their vision needs.

Although teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children younger than 13 are usually not offered the choice of contacts, since eye care practitioners or parents don't think that children have the proper maturity to take care of them appropriately. However, with the right guidance, even at age eight, children are as capable at using and tending for contact lenses and they should be given the choice.

Generally before your child chooses contacts you should speak to your optometrist to discuss any possible issues your child might have. Our Tupelo, MS, optometry practice will be glad to help you to determine the right prescription for your young adult's contacts.

If your child or adolescent needs vision correction, why not consider contact lenses? Through just a simple soft lens, you can boost your teen's self-esteem. With the wide assortment of contact lenses available, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to decide what modality is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.