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Improving Your Adolescent’s Self-Esteem with Contact Lenses

No teenager wants to be caught wearing something out of style, and for many adolescents, eyeglasses can sometimes seem that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen go to pieces. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who switch to lenses report a significant enhancement in their looks, a newly published study demonstrates. The study report indicates that beginning from the age of eight, children may prefer being given the choice of contact lenses. The research was reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.

What is it about contact lenses that teenagers prefer? Adolescents are self-conscious, and they often feel more positive about themselves when they don't have glasses being the center of their appearance. Contact lenses may help teens feel greater self-esteem and more ease around others by providing them a less visible option for vision correction.

In addition, contact lenses can be a plus for teenagers who are involved in sports. For adolescents, contacts may be more safe than glasses in a number of situations. Unlike glasses, they are a lot more durable during basketball, and other contact sports. Contact lenses are also more convenient when participating in activities that require face shields. By allowing for a full range of vision, they may also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport activities.

Of course before your child chooses contacts you will want to ask your eye doctor to find out about any potential problems your child might have. Our optometry practice located in Saginaw, MI, can assist you to determine the right plan for your teenager's contacts.

If your pre-teen or adolescent needs vision correction, why not try contacts? Through just a simple contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large variety of lenses on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to determine what modality is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.

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