When teenagers start to beg for contact lenses, it inspires many concerns for parents. While today’s contacts do not demand the same level of care as before, it is still a responsibility that some children need to grow into before they are ready. If you have a teenager who wants to do away with glasses and try contact lenses in Cape Cod, here is how you can assess their readiness:
- Do not discount vanity: The main reason teenagers may want contact lenses is vanity—they feel they will look better without glasses and want the self-esteem benefits. This is likely the only reason unless a specific type of contact lens corrects vision better. You can accept vanity as a “good enough” reason. Self-image is very important and should not receive a parental scoff when it becomes a priority for your child. Do not feel the need to push for a more compelling reason.
- Age: There is no age limit for contact lenses. If you really wanted to make the effort, you could apply contact lenses to your toddler’s eyes. That being said, the optimal age to start wearing them is between 11 and 14 years. If your child is in this age range, it is a good time to start this discussion.
- Willingness to follow routine: Caring for contact lenses is easy. You only need one bottle of solution and the willingness to let the lenses soak overnight. If your child uses the disposable kind, they will likely be switching them out every week or month and reducing their chances of eye infection. Even if they fall asleep wearing them once, there is little harm done. However, a vast majority of the time, contact lenses must be removed and allowed to soak. Your teenager needs to be able to understand this routine and follow it. Fortunately, studies show teenagers are often more dedicated to this routine than most adults!
- Working prescription: Since contact lenses come already sized and with specific prescription elements, it is a matter of trial and error to figure out the right combination that best improves eyesight. They must also fit the eyes correctly. If there is a size that fits, your teenager is ready. From there, the doctor can find the right prescription to support sight correction.
- Patience: Teenagers will have to endure a contact lens fitting and cooperate with finding the combination that works. Many are more than willing to undergo these steps, but if there is pushback or attitude, you may need to wait a year before allowing them to move on to this step.
- Ability to put in the contact lenses: There are people out there who do not like the idea of touching their eyeballs. Your teenager could discover that he or she is one of them. They will usually discover this during the fitting before your insurance needs to be billed. However, if you find they are struggling with learning this technique, you may want to consider delaying contact lenses for the time being.
When you need a new prescription or your child is ready for contact lenses in Cape Cod, visit Bayview Optometrics for helpful, friendly care and an array of options.