For millions of people who need glasses to see at their best, contact lenses have been a gamechanger. However, when your teen child decides they would prefer to have contact lenses over glasses, the request can naturally come along with a few concerns as a parent. Take a look at just a few of the things to consider as you decide whether your teenager could be a good candidate for contact lenses.
Does your teen follow instructions fairly responsibly?
Wearing contact lenses means cleaning hands before handling lenses, cleaning lenses before placing them, and removing lenses to give the eyes a rest are all necessary. The eye doctor will go over the instructions with your teen if they do prescribe contacts. If your child is generally good about following guidelines and instructions, contact lenses can work out well.
Has your teen had any issues with frequent eye infections?
Children and teens that have frequent issues with eye infections like pink eye (conjunctivitis), blepharitis, or styes, contact lenses may not always be the best option. Ongoing issues with eye infections may mean that your teen is more vulnerable to these infections or is experiencing something in their environment that is causing the infections. In either case, contact lenses could potentially irritate these infections.
Why does your teen want to get contact lenses?
The reason behind why the teen wants contacts should also be considered. For some, contacts eliminate concerns about how their glasses make them appear to their peers. For others, contacts may make it easier if they play contact sports. Before committing to contacts for the teen, be sure to discuss why they want to wear contacts to ensure there are viable reasons.
Talk to an Eye Doctor About Contact Lenses in Brookhaven, GA
In the end, contact lenses can really be valuable for some teens. If you believe your teen would be a good candidate for contact lenses, reach out to us at Brookleigh Family Eyecare in Brookhaven, GA.