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Improving Your Teenager’s Self-Esteem with Contacts

The need to purchase eyeglasses is often difficult for a teenager. Teenagers can cringe at the idea of having to wear eyeglasses and coming across ''uncool''. Compared to eyeglasses, children and teenagers that wear contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published report shows. The study report indicates that beginning from the age of eight, children may prefer being offered the option of contact lenses. The research was reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

In what way do contacts enhance teenagers' self image? Young adults are easily embarrassed, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted when they're not wearing glasses. Contact lenses may help teens feel greater self-esteem and more comfort around others by providing them a less obvious alternative for their vision needs.

Additionally, contacts can be a plus for active teenagers who participate sports. For teens, contact lenses can be more protective than glasses in a number of circumstances. Unlike eyeglasses, lenses are a lot more durable during football, and other contact sports. Contacts are also more comfortable when playing sports that require safety masks. By allowing for a complete range of vision, they can also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport activities.

Generally before your child tries lenses you will want to consult your eye doctor to find out about any potential problems your child might encounter. Our Ramsey, NJ, optometry practice can help you to determine the right prescription for your teenager's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or teenager needs vision correction, why not consider contact lenses? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the wide assortment of contacts available, you and your optometrist can work with your child to determine what modality is most suitable for their character and style of life.