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No teen wants to be seen wearing something out of style, and for some adolescents, glasses can sometimes feel that way. Just the thought of ''four eyes'' can make a adolescent panic. In comparison with eyeglasses, kids and teens who opt for contact lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, says a recently published study. The research results indicate that beginning from the age of eight, kids may prefer being given the choice of lenses. Researchers published the study in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, the official publication of the Contact Lens Association.

What is it about contacts that teens prefer? Young adults are insecure, and they generally feel more attractive and accepted when they don't have eye glasses being the focus of their appearance. Contact lenses can increase teens' self-esteem by giving them a less visible option for their vision needs.

In addition, contact lenses are an advantage for young adults who are involved in sports. For adolescents, contact lenses may be safer than eyeglasses in many situations. Unlike eyeglasses, contacts are a lot more durable during basketball, and other rough sports. Contact lenses are also more comfortable when engaging in activities that require face shields. In providing a full range of vision, they may also enhance teen's peripheral vision during sport activities.

Generally before your child purchases contacts you will want to speak to your eye care practitioner to discuss any possible issues your child might have. Our Lake Grove, NY, optometry practice can assist you to come up with the right prescription for your teenager's contact lenses.

If your pre-teen or adolescent needs vision correction, why not consider lenses? Through something as simple as a contact lens, you can really change your teen's life. With the wide array of lenses available, you and your optometrist can work with your child to decide what type of lens best fits their personality, maturity and lifestyle.