Contact Lenses: Advice for Parents of Teenagers [Guest Post]
Posted Jun 07 2009 10:12pm
This article is written for parents that have teenagers using color contact lenses. Even though much of the maintenance and care is up to them, it is good for you to know a thing or two about color contacts so that you can guide them through various situations that arise.
Teenagers tend to be very conscious about their looks, which often make them choose contact lenses over glasses. When it comes to corrective lenses, the user is always obliged to visit an eye doctor for an eye examination. While at the eye doctor, you will not only get a prescription, but you will also get instructions on how to care for the contact lenses. Here’s a quick run-through of some topics that might not immediately come up during the eye examination, specifically aboutcolor contacts.
Color Contact Lenses
Color contact lenses are very popular among teenagers. The three most common types of color lenses are:
Color tints, which change the color of the eyes completely,
Enhancement tints, which enhance your natural eye color, and
Special effect contact lenses, which add color and animation.
People are often misinformed about these lenses, probably because they are used for cosmetic reasons and don’t necessarily have vision correction uses. It is falsely assumed that because of this, you can buy these lenses without a prescription.
The truth is that even though all of the above-mentioned contacts are available without any optical power, it is still mandatory get aprescription. Be sure to prevent your child from buying these lenses from disreputable retailers that offer them without a prescription. It is illegal to do so and could seriously harm your vision.
Contact lenses should never be shared
Many teenagers like to share their contacts lenses with their friends. This is even more common when it comes to color contacts. We understand that it might seem like a harmless idea, but lenses should never be shared with anyone else. It is highly unhygienic and one of the major causes for eye infection amongst teenagers.
Take out and clean
Many color contacts can be reused for a limited period of time, all depending on the manufacturer and quality, of course. Daily disposables are to be thrown away at the end of the day, but all other types have to be removed for cleansing. Overnight, the lenses should be kept in a container along with a high quality lens cleansing solution.