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The number of teenagers requiring glasses continues to grow, particularly due to the rising incidence of myopia. Fortunately, there are a multitude of frames out there to choose from, and thanks to celebrities and influencers, teens are happy to wear them. mivision spoke to Linda Simpson from See Side Optometry in Thirroul, on the New South Wales south coast, about her experience catering to this significant sector of the market.
“In the last five years we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of teenagers wearing glasses,” Ms Simpson said adding that consequently, “about 30% of our stock is chosen with teens in mind”.
Just like adult patients, some can be fussy, and it can take them a while
She said selecting stock, then helping teens find a frame, is both fun and rewarding.
“There are so many options – from chunky frames that are really in vogue through to retro styles and fine metals, which are popular with the girls. It’s nice helping kids pick out their frames and colours.”
Despite all the options, Ms Simpson said teens are usually less adventurous than adults when choosing frames, preferring on- trend styles worn by influencers they aspire to and celebrity collections, like those created by Hailey Bieber.
“For kids who are reluctant, I find that once the optometrist has spoken to them about the difference a pair of glasses will make to their vision or their headaches, they’re onboard with the idea.
“And if they’re not, there are options that blend in rather than stand out, like crystal acetates or fine metals.”
While most young patients are easy – arriving in the practice with a frame shape or colour in mind – Ms Simpson said it’s the parents who can be more challenging.
“They might say to their child ‘that frame is too out there’. When that happens, I’ll quietly let them know the frame is in vogue and explain that the most important thing is for their teenager to like the glasses. If they like them, they will wear them.”
Give Them Time
For those who don’t feel comfortable about wearing glasses or don’t have a clear idea of the frame they want, she said it’s essential to make them feel comfortable.
“Just like adult patients, some can be fussy, and it can take them a while. Some want help the whole way – first timers, particularly, can find frame selection daunting. Others feel more comfortable being left to look and try frames on their own. I’m happy either way. If they want to be left alone, I’ll just check in on them every five minutes to see if they have any questions.
“I encourage them to try on as many frames as they want, and then help them condense their options. And I’m always honest – if I think one frame looked better than another, I’ll tell them.”
Ms Simpson said she often lets teens take home a few pairs and keep them overnight. “I think being able to try them on in their own space and show family is really helpful.”
Most importantly she says, “we don’t pressure them”.
“The other day I had a girl in who didn’t want glasses. She had problems with her self-esteem and didn’t feel she looked good in any frame. Her mother and I encouraged and reassured her, but we weren’t getting anywhere. Then I asked her if she wanted to invite a friend in to help. By chance, she had a friend close by. They soon found a pair that the patient was happy with.”
The majority of teenagers will play sport at some time, and this can be an issue for those dependent on glasses.
Ms Simpson said she tries to guide teenagers towards contact lenses for sport, however for those who need to wear glasses, there are some important considerations, particularly for contact sports. For example, broken acetate frames and fragile lenses can cause serious ocular injury.
“Sports like soccer specify certified frames made from an ultra-flexible material, into which we fit polycarbonate lenses. It’s a very small part of our market and while seasonal, still important,” she said.
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