If your teenager needs glasses, chances are they'll prefer contact lenses. There are many possible reasons: some teens want to avoid thick lenses and enjoy the freedom contact lenses offer. Athletes want to see better without wearing glasses, which tend to slip. 

As a parent, what should you look for? Here are some tips from CooperVision:

Disposable lenses: a good option for teens

To maintain eye health, it's important to wear clean contact lenses. Daily disposable lenses (discarded at the end of the day) can be helpful:

- No daily cleaning is required.

- Easy to remember replacement frequency. Just wear the lens, then throw it away.

- Potential to reduce allergies.

Sports and contact lenses

Contact lenses can make life easier if your child plays sports in an after-school team or league. Here are some of the benefits: 

- Eliminating the risk of broken glasses.

- Eliminating the problem of glasses slipping or falling off during practices and games.

- Expanded field of vision and improved peripheral vision.

Wearing contact lenses is a responsibility!

Wearing contact lenses requires that you follow certain rules. Doing the right things will help maintain good visual acuity and eye health. Here are some guidelines to pass on to your child:

Do not share contact lenses

Sharing contact lenses can increase the risk of infection. In addition, wearing contact lenses that fit the eye and match the prescription is critical to protecting vision. 

Handle lenses with care

Lenses can tear. If this happens, avoid wearing contact lenses that can scratch the eye. 

Wash your hands just before putting in lenses

The eyes are one of the most vulnerable points in the immune system, and germs that get on lenses go straight to them. You should also wash your hands before removing lenses. 

Talk to your teen about the benefits of contact lenses, emphasizing the care they require.

Make an appointment with an IRIS optometrist. They'll happily advise your teenager on their first pair of contact lenses.