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Contacts Make Teens Happy!

Requiring glasses is often difficult for a teenager. Just the thought of ''four eyes'' can send a teenager panicking. Compared to glasses, children and teenagers that use contact lenses report a significant enhancement in their appearance, a newly published report demonstrates. The study report indicates that starting at the age of eight, pre-teens should be offered the option of 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 adolescents like? Teens are insecure, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted when they don't have glasses being the center of their appearance. Contact lenses may enhance teens' self-image by providing them a less obvious option for vision correction.

In addition, contact lenses are a plus for active young adults who play sports. For teenagers, contact lenses may be safer than eyeglasses in a number of circumstances. Unlike eyeglasses, they are unlikely to break during basketball, and other contact sports. Contacts are also more convenient when engaging in activities that require face shields. In providing a complete range of vision, contacts can also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport games.

Generally before your child chooses contacts you will want to consult your optometrist to find out about any possible problems your child might encounter. Our Blacksburg, VA, optometry practice will be glad to assist you in determining the right prescription for your teenager's contacts.

If your child or teenager needs vision correction, why not try contact lenses? Through something as simple as a soft lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large variety of lenses on the market, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to figure out what modality is most suitable for their character and style of life.