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Why Contacts Are a Great Option for Teenagers


No teenager wants to be seen wearing something that makes them different, and for some adolescents, eyeglasses can often seem that way. Young adults can balk at the thought of having to wear glasses and coming across ''uncool''. In comparison with eyeglasses, kids and teenagers who wear contact lenses feel a significant enhancement in their looks, reports a recently released study. The research report demonstrates that starting at the age of eight, children should be given the choice of contact lenses. Results were reported in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.


So what makes contacts so crucial for teens? Young adults are self-conscious, and they often feel more attractive and accepted if they don't have glasses being the center of their appearance. Lenses may promote a teenager's self-esteem by providing them a less visible option for vision correction.


In addition, contacts can be a plus for teenagers who are involved in sports. For teens, contact lenses may be safer than eyeglasses in a number of circumstances. Unlike eyeglasses, contacts are unlikely to be damaged during football, and other rough sports. Contacts are also more comfortable when participating in sports that necessitate face shields. By allowing for a complete range of vision, they can also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport activities.


Of course before your child tries lenses you will want to ask your optometrist to discuss any potential problems your child might encounter. Our Knoxville optometry practice will be glad to help you to determine the right plan for your teen's contacts.


If your child or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not try lenses? Through just a simple contact lens, you can boost your teen's self-esteem. With the large selection of contacts available, you and your optometrist can work with your child to decide what modality best fits their character and style of life.