There has been a global rise in the number of teenagers using contact lenses for vision correction instead of glasses, one industry expert has observed.
Dr Hitesh Ramanuj, an eye surgeon, told the Ahmedabad Mirror that contact lens wearers benefit from not having to carry glasses around and this is appealing to many youths.
The expert noted that the last two years in particular have seen a substantial rise in the number of teenagers wearing contact lenses to enhance their ability to study, play sport or just see better in general.
"It is much in practice in foreign countries. It can be used at a younger age but doctors normally recommend it only after 12 years. At this stage, the teen can handle it carefully," he noted.
Only recently Ciba Vision head of professional affairs Mark Draper told Optician Online that the number of people in the UK wearing contact lenses could be higher if more people were introduced to the products at an earlier age.
by Martin Burns