Starting the Conversation
Ask Yourself If You’re Ready
Most people can start wearing contacts in their early teens. But really, it’s more about how responsible you are. If you’re good with cleaning, keeping track of a replacement schedule, and remembering to take them out, then you may be ready for contacts.
Talk to Your Parents
It helps to start the discussion by mentioning how contact lenses can benefit your lifestyle. Will they make it easier to play sports, concentrate in the classroom, or feel more confident?
You may find it useful to prepare any questions you may have about contact lenses, your vision needs, caring for lenses and more. The doctor will also have plenty of questions for you.
Reasons to Get Contacts
Better Sports Performance
65% of teens said wearing contacts helps them perform better at sports. Contact lenses enable greater peripheral vision, so you can see more of the court or the field.
Easy to Care For
89% of teens said they find it easy to clean and care for contact lenses. Once you get into the routine of putting on, taking off and cleaning your contacts, it becomes second nature.
New Look, New You
73% of teens said reactions to my “new look without glasses” was very positive. Contact lenses can improve how you see and feel about yourself and how people see you.
Contact Lens Barriers & Fears
"Contact Lenses are hard to handle."
Putting them in is easy. Especially with some practice.
"I’ll feel them in my eyes."
Maybe at first. But not after a week or so.
"I’m worried about irritation."
Avoiding irritation starts with clean lenses.
"My parents won’t let me get contacts."
Contacts can be a good way to show them how mature you are.
"My eyes aren’t like everyone else's"
Talk to your doctor, they’ll help you find the right contacts.
"Contact lenses can be a hassle."
Taking care of them is all about creating a routine.
"Contact lenses are hard to remove."
With most new habits, all it takes is practice and patience.
*Free trial lenses available from participating eye doctors. Exam and fitting fees not included.
Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-843-2020 or visit ACUVUE.com.
In a clinical study that evaluated teen contact lens wearers with teens and parents surveyed. Walline JJ, Jones LA, Rah MJ, et al; CLIP Study Group. Contact Lenses in Pediatric (CLIP) Study: Benefits of Contact Lens Wear for Children and Teens. Eye & Contact Lens 33(6): 317-321, 2007.