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When can teens begin wearing contacts?

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Many teenagers who need vision correction express an interest in wearing contact lenses instead of glasses. As a parent, you should be prepared to discuss the option with your child to ensure their eyes' long-term safety.

Responsibility

There's no such thing as the ideal age to start wearing contact lenses. If your teen can commit to following their eye doctor's instructions, they're likely ready to take on the responsibility of wearing contacts. Discuss with them what can happen if they don’t properly care for their lenses.

Motivation

Make sure that your teen has the right motivation to wear contacts. Teenagers are known for bending to peer pressure, so discuss whether they truly want contacts or are simply being influenced by friends who wear contacts.

Confidence

Most teens are self-conscious about their appearance.  Some refuse to wear their glasses in social situations.

Contact lenses can help teenagers feel more confident about their looks. It also allows them to wear any type of non-prescription sunglasses.

Safety

In some situations, contact lenses may be a safer option for teenagers. In school and while participating in sports, contact lenses are less likely to be lost or damaged. Wearing polycarbonate safety goggles over contact lenses is also far easier and more comfortable than wearing them over glasses if a sport requires them. In addition, unlike glasses, contact lenses do not fog up or distort vision.

Contact lenses are a natural choice for many teens, whether they're hanging out with friends or scoring goals. Contact Washington Eye Doctors in Washington, D.C. to determine whether contact lenses are a good choice for your teen.
At Washington Eye Doctors, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 202-335-5032 or book an appointment online to see one of our Washington, D.C. eye doctors.

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Q&A

What if my teens’ prescription changes?

Teens' vision, like that of adults, changes over time. Regular eye exams will ensure that your teen’s prescription remains up to date. You'll be able to order new contact lenses just like you would if they were wearing glasses.

Are contact lenses more expensive than glasses?

Contact lenses are often less expensive than glasses, depending on the type of lenses. When comparing the expenses of each option, eyeglasses are more expensive at first, but individuals who wear monthly contacts need to purchase a cleaning solution. In contrast, daily disposable lenses don’t need to be cleaned since they’re discarded after every use.