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No teen likes to be caught wearing something out of style, and in the case of some teens, eyeglasses can often feel that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. In comparison with glasses, children and teenagers who opt for contact lenses feel a significant improvement in their appearance, a newly published study demonstrates. The study results demonstrate that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the choice of contact lenses. Results were reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

What is it about contact lenses that teens like? Teenagers are self-conscious, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have eye glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses can help young adults feel greater self-esteem and more ease around others by providing them a less visible alternative for vision correction.

Although teens are frequently fitted with contact lenses, children under thirteen are typically not given the choice of contacts, due to the fact that optometrists or parents don't feel that children have the proper maturity to take care of them properly. In reality, with the right guidance, children as young as eight are just as capable at using and tending for contact lenses and they should be given the option.

Of course before your child purchases contacts you should speak to your optometrist to discuss any possible issues your child might encounter. Our Myrtle Beach optometry practice can assist you to come up with the right plan for your young adult's contacts.

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