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Improving Your Adolescent’s Self-Esteem with Contact Lenses


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

The need to buy glasses is often difficult for a teenager. Teenagers may cringe at the very idea of having to wear eyeglasses and appearing ''uncool''. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who switch to lenses report a significant enhancement in their appearance, a newly published report shows. The research report demonstrates that beginning from the age of eight, children should be given the option of lenses. The research was recorded in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

So what makes contact lenses so crucial for teens? Adolescents are easily embarrassed, and they often feel more positive about themselves when they're not wearing eyeglasses. Lenses may help teenagers feel greater self-esteem and more comfort around others by giving them a less visible option for their vision needs.

Moreover, contact lenses are an advantage for active teens who participate sports. For teens, contact lenses may be safer than eyeglasses in a number of situations. Unlike eyeglasses, contacts are not easily during football, and other contact sports. Contact lenses are also more convenient when playing activities that require safety masks. By allowing for a full range of vision, they may also enhance teenager's peripheral vision during sport activities.

Of course before your child purchases contacts you will want to speak to your optometrist to go over any potential problems your child might encounter. Our Olathe optometry practice can assist you in determining the right prescription for your teen's contacts.

If your pre-teen or teenager needs vision correction, why not try contacts? Through just a simple contact lens, you can make a world of a difference for your teen. With the large assortment of contacts on the market, you and your eye care practitioner can work with your child to figure out what modality best fits their character and style of life.