How to Convince Parents to Allow Contact Lenses

As a teenager who feels ready for the responsibility of wearing contacts and getting rid of your eyeglass, you may realize that your parents don't agree. However, if you're set on wanting to wear contacts, prepare yourself for a long conversation with your parents. With enough research and planning, you may be able to win them over to your side and convince them to allow you to start wearing contacts.

Research the pros and cons of wearing contact lenses. Having as much information as possible before you meet with your parents will show them how serious you are and will also show your responsibility. Wearing contacts if you play sports can be a positive because you don't have to mess around with sports glasses, plus they can eliminate headaches that a poor fitting pair of eyeglasses can cause. However, also know that you may not be able to sleep with your contacts in your eyes.

Create a list of expenses for contacts versus eyeglasses. Contacts require solution, cases, a supply of the items and a yearly contact lens exam. With eyeglasses, you have the yearly eye exam, frames and lenses, plus additional glasses such as prescription sunglasses or sports glasses.

Contact your vision insurance company to determine what they cover. Insurance companies cover contacts and eyeglasses differently. Knowing how much you could expect to pay through insurance will also help your parents decide if this financially feasible for you and them.

Learn how to take care of the contacts before you meet with your parents. Talk to your friends or other family members who wear contacts to see exactly how much effort and time it takes to care for contacts. You'll need to learn how to put them in and take them out correctly to avoid tearing, as well as proper cleaning techniques.

Speak with your parents openly and honestly. Tell them your reasons for wanting contacts and show them the research you've put into this decision. Ask them what their concerns are and be open to answering any questions they have while remaining level-headed and mature.

Ask to meet with an eye doctor together. If you're parents are still undecided after you speak to them, see if they'll go with you to an eye doctor to discuss this. Sometimes the weight of an expert opinion can help your decision. Ask the eye doctor if you're a good candidate for contacts and have them explain to your parents that this is a beneficial option for you. By the end of the conversation they should agree with you that you're ready for the responsibility of taking care of contact lenses.