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How should I decide between glasses and contact lenses for my child?

Both glasses and contact lenses are good options for children who need vision correction.

Recent research on children's vision correction demonstrates that contact lenses provide additional benefits to children beyond simply correcting their vision, including significantly improving how they feel about their physical appearance, acceptance among friends and ability to play sports, compared with kids who wear glasses. Contacts can even help to improve academic confidence among children who are unhappy with their glasses and may not regularly wear them at school or to study.

Most kids who try contacts find them a comfortable option and prefer them over glasses. Although contact lenses will not be the right answer for every child with vision problems, if your child seems like a good candidate, you should not hesitate to discuss this option with your eye care professional.

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