Girls benefit more from contact lenses in terms of confidence than boys do, new research has found.
The study looked at 484 children aged eight to 11 who suffer from short-sightedness, 59 per cent of whom were girls.
A system was used to measure the children"s self perception over three years.
While there was a change generally, it was only among girls very dissatisfied with glasses that there was a significant difference between those wearing spectacles and contact lenses.
Mitchell J Prinstein PhD of the University of North Carolina, who co-authored the study, said: "Girls are particularly vulnerable to social and psychological distress during the transitional years of early and middle adolescence and this data suggests that for girls, in particular, a switch from glasses to contact lenses may result in an improvement in self-perception."
Johnson & Johnson funded the study.
According to a recent article in the Straits Times, as much as 65 per cent of contact lens wearers are female.
The article also said that relatively few people in Malaysia wear contact lenses, with a penetration rate of five per cent.
by Emily Tait