4 Signs Your Teenager Is Ready to Upgrade to Contact Lenses


4 Signs Your Teenager Is Ready to Upgrade to Contact Lenses

As a parent, you most likely want your child to eat a well-balanced diet, get plenty of exercises and do well in school. Unfortunately, your child's quality of life and education could be affected if they have a vision impairment, so annual eye exams and vision correction are important.

Prescription glasses are effective for correcting their vision, but contact lenses may be the preferable option as your child enters the teen years. Of course, you will want to make sure your teenager is ready for the physical and emotional response that comes along with wearing contacts.

If your teen is currently wearing eyeglasses and you notice the following signs, they are most likely ready for this new form of vision correction.

They Ask for Contacts

Before your child becomes a teen, they may show some curiosity about contact lenses. However, the thought of placing the lenses directly onto the eye will not appeal to children. As your child grows into a teen, the act of wearing contacts may become more appealing compared to wearing glasses that are noticeable to others.

If your teen is asking questions or showing any interest in contacts, it may be time to try them out. With the help of your optometrist and a bit of trial and error, your teen can find comfortable contact lenses that will improve their vision impairment.

They Are Responsible

Your teen must be prepared for problems that may arise while wearing contacts. If they have been wearing eyeglasses for a period of time, they should have learned some responsibility.

Teenagers that are incapable of following the curfew, getting to class on time, turning in assignments, or completing chores at home will not be able to properly wear or maintain their contact lenses. If your teen shows a lack of responsibility, they are not ideal candidates for contacts.

They Are Hygienic

Dirt, bacteria and other debris can quickly build up on your contact lenses. Without proper care and handling, this debris can affect the underlying health of your eyes while limiting your vision's ability. Due to the potential risks, your teenager must be prepared for the care of their contact lenses.

Contact lenses must be rubbed and rinsed before placing them onto the eye. Lens solution must be changed regularly, as well, to ensure the contacts are clean and disinfected properly. In addition, the lens storage case must be replaced every three months to reduce the risk of bacterial infections. Your teen must wash and dry their hands before making any contact lens, too, which furthers their to-do list.

If your teen does not keep their room clean, brush their teeth or bathe properly, they are not ready for the cleaning and care that is required when wearing contact lenses. Without proper care, your teen will be at risk of developing eye infections, irritations, and abrasions.

They Play Sports

Upgrading to contacts from eyeglasses is also beneficial for teenagers who play sports or participate in physical hobbies. Prescription eyeglasses may correct your teen's vision, but the bulky and loose frame may inhibit movements and sport's play.

The flat design and on-eye design of contact lenses will improve your teen's peripheral vision, which can be beneficial when playing contact and non-contact sports. The obstructed view can also help see down entire fields or courts without any blockage from the eyeglass frames. Unlike eyeglasses, contact lenses will not fog up or cause a glare when outdoors in sunny, hot and humid climates.

Your teen needs to see in a clear, concise manner, but it may be time to upgrade from their traditional prescription eyeglasses. To learn more about contacts for your teenager, contact The Spectacle - Dr. Kevin Lenahan today.

Katy Lenahan