Contact lenses for teens

Contact lenses can be a perfect fit for teenagers. They are comfortable and safe when cared for appropriately. In comparison to contacts, glasses can get in the way for active teens, especially during sports, the arts or social occasions. Here are a few problems teens experience with their frames. 
- Frames interfere with peripheral vision
- Lenses steam up  
- Frames slide down the nose
- Frames create pressure behind the ears


Truths about contact lenses for teens: 

Fiction: Teen eyes are not mature enough for contacts. 
Fact: Most eye professionals agree that the eyes of children aged 8 – 13 are developed enough for contact lenses. However, an eye exam by an optometrist will confirm whether or not contacts can be worn. 

Fiction: Contacts fall out frequently. 
Fact: When properly fit, soft contact lenses conform to the shape of the eye. They are held in place by the eyelids, so they usually don’t move out of place or fall out. Normally, contacts are more stable than glasses, especially for sports. 

Fiction: Contact lenses are expensive. 
Fact: The price of contact lenses is comparable to the average cost of eyeglasses.  

Fiction: Contact lenses are hard to care for. 
Fact: Taking care of contact lenses is easy and quick. They can be ready to wear in just five minutes. 

Fiction: Contact lenses are not safe for sports. 
Fact: Contact lenses are very safe, as long as they are used properly. They cannot be broken or knocked off the face during sports and they provide unobstructed peripheral vision. 

Fiction: If I have contact lenses, I don’t need glasses. 
Fact: Glasses are always recommended in addition to using contact lenses. They do not replace glasses for all activities and cannot be worn by teens for more than approximately 12 hours per day. In fact, glasses are required for school science labs. As well, they should not be worn if you are sick, have an eye infection or eye injury.  

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