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How do I know if my teen is ready to wear contact lenses?

There is a good possibility that your teen is ready and responsible enough to make the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses. This can be a good thing, research suggests that kids who switch to contacts generally feel better about the way they look and the way they perform at sports which can lead to better peer interaction.
First speak to your teen’s eye doctor or optometrist to see if contact lenses are appropriate for your teen.
 
Then consider the following questions carefully before making the final decision:
 
Does she really want them? 
Being unsatisfied with her glasses will make her more likely to care for her contacts.
 
Is she generally clean and tidy? 
If your teen generally practices good hygiene she will be more likely to be diligent about eye care as well.
 
Is she responsible? 
Does she sit down to do her homework without being prompted, does she tell you where she is going with friends and call if she is going to be late? Teens need to be mature enough to insert, remove and clean their contacts daily. Disposable contacts will minimise this effort but can be more costly.

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