Children prefer contact lenses to glasses

Children prefer contact lenses to glasses

A new study has found that children who require vision correction prefer the use of contact lenses to glasses.

The report, carried out by experts at the Ohio State University College of Optometry, showed that youngsters had a better quality of life by wearing contact lenses a opposed to glasses, citing reasons such as improved self-perception.

Dr Jeffrey Walline, leader of the Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment, said that the growing body of research in children"s vision correction continues to demonstrate that contact lenses provide "significant benefits" to youngsters beyond simply correcting their vision.

"This study showed considerable improvement for contact lens wearing children ten years or older in areas of appearance, participation in activities, and satisfaction with vision correction, and it remained or improved over three years," he outlined.

It comes after a poll carried out by Fairfield Research among members of the Good Housekeeping Reader Advisory Panel found that 42 per cent of parents with a child who wears glasses say that their offspring dislikes wearing them. 

by Adrian Galbreth

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