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Glasses, Contacts and Troubled Youth
« on: June 13, 2009, 07:50:36 AM »

Kids complaining about wearing glasses can now use scientific studies to back up their arguments. According to a study from 2006, children are likely to experience a decrease in self-esteem when wearing glasses. This may be a good reason for parents to reconsider getting contact lenses for their kids.

In the study conducted by Ohio University, College of Optometry, the relation between wearing glasses and children’s self-esteem was examined. The study concluded that glasses have a negative effect on children’s self-esteem, while contact lenses seem to boost it.

If your son or daughter is complaining about being teased at school or being called names, and has a negative attitude towards wearing corrective eye wear, here are some tips on how to proceed.

Children eyewear tips for parents
According to most eye care professionals, a child is physically ready to wear contact lenses at the age of eight. This is when the eye enters the final stage of development, ultimately taking the shape equivalent to the shape of the adult eye. So, even if you may initially think your child is too young for contacts, if he or she is older than eight, it is an option.

Your child’s potential discomfort with wearing glasses may also be solved with buying a new pair of glasses that better suit their facial features. Let your child choose the new pair, to assure that he or she is comfortable with wearing them.

It is also vitally important that your child is prepared for, and familiar with the possibly negative aspects of wearing glasses at school. This way he or she is less likely to associate negative remarks, or similar, with themselves.

Regardless of the option you choose, it is also important to let your child know that eyewear is necessary to correct vision impairment. Assert that glasses and contacts actually serve a purpose and are vital for your child’s wellbeing.

To learn more about eyewear options for your child, contact an eye doctor for an eye examination and professional consultation. 

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