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Choose Contact Lenses: The Benefits of Lenses for Teenagers


No adolescent likes to be seen wearing something out of style, and for some adolescents, eyeglasses often seem that way. Just the thought of ''four eyes'' can send a teen panicking. Compared to eyeglasses, kids and teens that switch to contact lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published report demonstrates. The study results indicate that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the choice of contact lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.


In what way do contacts bolster adolescents' self esteem? Young adults are easily embarrassed, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted when they don't have eye glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses may promote teens' self-esteem by providing them a less obvious alternative for their vision needs.


Additionally, contact lenses can be an advantage for teenagers who are involved in sports. For teenagers, contacts can be safer than eyeglasses in a number of situations. Unlike glasses, they are unlikely to get ruined during basketball, and other contact sports. Contacts 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 buys contacts you should ask your eye doctor to find out about any possible problems your child might have. Our Greensboro, NC, optometry practice will be glad to help you in determining the right prescription for your teen's contact lenses.


If your child or adolescent is in need of vision correction, why not try lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can really change your teen's life. With the wide variety of contact lenses on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to figure out what type of lens best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.

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