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Contacts Make Adolescents Happy!

No teen wants to be seen in something that makes them different, and in the case of a lot of teenagers, eyeglasses sometimes seem that way. Just the thought of ''four eyes'' can send a teen running in the other direction. As opposed to eyeglasses, kids and teenagers who switch to lenses report a significant improvement in their looks, says a recently published study. The study results show that starting at the age of eight, kids may prefer being offered the choice of contact lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

So why are contact lenses so crucial for teens? Teens are self-conscious, and they often feel better about themselves when they're not wearing glasses. Lenses may help teenagers feel greater self-esteem and more ease around others by providing them a less obvious alternative for their vision needs.

Although teens are frequently fitted with contact lenses, children younger than 13 are usually not offered the choice of contacts, since optometrists and parents don't think that children are ready to care for them sufficiently. In reality, with the right instruction, children as young as eight are just as capable at wearing and tending for contacts and they should be given the choice.

Of course before your child chooses lenses you should ask your eye doctor to discuss any possible issues your child might have. Our Temecula, CA, optometry practice will be glad to assist you to determine the right prescription for your young adult's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not try contacts? Through just a simple contact lens, you can enhance your teen's self-image. With the large selection of lenses available, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to decide what type of lens best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.