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Boosting Your Adolescent’s Self-Esteem with Contacts

No teen wants to be seen in something that makes them different, and for a lot of adolescents, eyeglasses can often seem that way. The mere thought of ''four eyes'' can send a teenager panicking. As opposed to eyeglasses, children and teens who switch to contact lenses feel a significant enhancement in their appearance, a newly published study demonstrates. The research report indicates that starting at the age of eight, children should be offered 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 contact lenses that adolescents prefer? Adolescents are easily embarrassed, and they often feel more positive about themselves when they're not wearing glasses. Contact lenses can promote a young adult's self-esteem by providing them a less visible alternative for vision correction.

While teens are frequently fitted with contact lenses, children younger than thirteen are typically not given the choice of lenses, because eye doctors or parents don't feel that children are ready to take care of them properly. However, with proper instruction, children as young as eight are as capable at wearing and caring for contact lenses and they should be offered the choice.

Generally before your child buys lenses you will want to consult your eye doctor to discuss any potential problems your child might encounter. Our North Vancouver optometry practice can help you in determining the right plan for your teen's contacts.

If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not try contacts? Through something as simple as a contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large array of contact lenses available, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to decide what type of lens is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.