So your teenager wants contacts! Many do.

Some are tired of dealing with thick glasses and want the freedom of prescription contact lenses, or just want better vision during sports. Others want to switch to a glasses-free look.

What should you, as a parent, be aware of for contacts for teenagers? Here are some considerations.

Consider disposable contacts for teens

Wearing clean contacts is key for maintaining healthy eyes. Getting daily disposable contact lenses (disposable contact lenses that you toss at the end the day) can help.

  • With disposable contact lenses, the wear schedule is easy to remember.
  • Daily disposables can help with allergies, soothing irritated eyes.
  • They offer a self-esteem boost in helping teens succeed with their new responsibility.

Contacts and sports: A winning pair

If your teen plays sports in school or with a club, contacts can make life easier for both of you.

  • No broken glasses means you stop worrying about glasses-related injuries and costly repairs or replacements.
  • No more slipping or falling glasses during practice or games.
  • Contact lenses cover a wider field of view, giving you better peripheral vision.
  • Contact lenses make it easier to wear protective goggles.

Having the talk: Your teen’s first time with contacts

This is an important responsibility. Handling contacts properly helps keep your eyes and vision at their best. Some tips you should share with your teen include:

Don’t share contacts

Not only can sharing contacts encourage infection, but wearing contact lenses that are fitted and have the proper prescription is critical to protecting your vision.

Handle with care

Contact lenses can rip. Never wear ripped contact lenses, which can scratch your eyes.

Wash hands before inserting

Your eyes are one of your immune system’s most vulnerable points, and germs that find their way to your contacts wind up in your eyes.

Let your teen know that contact lenses can offer many benefits, but they require the care we discussed, too. Having the option of both contact lenses and glasses can be a good solution. Having the option of both contact lenses and glasses can be a good solution.


Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.
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