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Young Adults and Contact Lenses

Needing to purchase eyeglasses is often met with resistance from a adolescent. Young adults balk at the thought of having to wear eyeglasses and looking ''dorky''. As opposed to eyeglasses, children and teenagers who use lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, reports a recently released study. The study results demonstrate that starting at the age of eight, kids may prefer being given the option 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 adolescents like? Young adults are self-conscious, and they often feel more attractive and accepted when they don't have glasses being the center of their appearance. Lenses may enhance teens' self-esteem by giving them a less visible option for their vision needs.

Although teens are frequently provided with contact lenses, children under 13 are typically not given the choice of lenses, since optometrists or parents don't feel that children have the proper maturity to care for them appropriately. In truth, with proper instruction, children as young as eight are just as competent at wearing and tending for contacts and they should be offered the choice.

Generally before your child purchases lenses you should ask your optometrist to go over any potential problems your child might have. Our Fayetteville optometry practice will be glad to help you in determining the right prescription for your teenager's contact lenses.

If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not try contacts? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the wide array of contacts available, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to determine what modality best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.