Navigation Links
Girls' Overall Self-Worth Improves With Contact Lens Wear, Study Shows
Date:6/25/2009

While both boys and girls experience value-added benefits beyond vision correction, girls experience stronger boost in self esteem with switch to contacts from glasses

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Contact lenses improve the overall self-worth of girls, according to data drawn from a three-year multi-site study assessing the effects of glasses and contact lenses on the self-perception of nearsighted children ages eight to 11 years. The research, a unique collaboration between psychology and optometry, further demonstrates the value-added benefits of contact lens wear beyond vision correction.

"Girls are particularly vulnerable to social and psychological distress during the transitional years of early and middle adolescence and this data suggests that for girls, in particular, a switch from glasses to contact lenses may result in an improvement in self-perception," according to Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-author of the Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment (ACHIEVE) Study.

"Research shows that compared with boys of the same age, adolescent girls suffer from low self-esteem. Youth who wear glasses are especially susceptible to a low sense of self-perception," Dr. Prinstein told attendees during a recent meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine. "This study demonstrates that an intervention as simple as switching youths' glasses to contact lenses can help boost girls' sense of self-worth and self-efficacy during this stage of their development."

A total of 484 eight-to 11-year-old nearsighted children (59% female) participated in the ACHIEVE study, the largest randomized trial of its kind. In the study, conducted from September 2003 to October 2007 at five clinical centers in the United States, children were randomly assigned to wear spectacles (n=237) or contact lenses (n=247) for three years.

Researchers measured outcomes using the Self-Perception Profile for Children scale, a measurement tool employed in numerous studies in the development psychology and social development literature. The scale consists of five domain-specific sub-scales (Scholastic Competence, Social Acceptance, Athletic Competence, Physical Appearance, Behavioral Conduct) and one global measure of self-worth. Because it was expected that wearing spectacles might exacerbate unique vulnerabilities among girls, gender was examined as a moderator of results.

Change in Global Self-Worth was statistically significant over three years for both treatment groups, but the change was not significantly different between contact lens wearers and spectacle wearers except among girls who at baseline reported low levels of satisfaction with spectacles.

"Contact lenses provide collateral benefits to children beyond simply correcting their vision," says Jeffrey J. Walline, O.D, Ph.D., Ohio State University College of Optometry and leader of the ACHIEVE study. "Contact lenses significantly improve how children feel about their physical appearance, acceptance among friends, and ability to play sports. Contact lenses even make children more confident about their academic performance if they initially dislike wearing glasses."

Both doctors advise parents and eye care practitioners to look beyond the visual benefits of contact lens wear when choosing the most appropriate vision correction modality for children requiring vision correction.

The ACHIEVE study was supported by funding from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and The Vision Care Institute(TM), LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company.


'/>"/>
SOURCE VISTAKON, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Girls Really Do Prefer Pink
2. School-based overweight prevention program may cut risk of eating disorders among girls
3. Wacoal Renews Successful Support the Girls Program
4. Teen girls report abusive boyfriends try to get them pregnant
5. Grand Opening of Regence Boys & Girls Club Marks a Milestone in Historic New Columbia Community Revitalization
6. Should schoolgirls be vaccinated against cancer virus?
7. St. Jude Program Reduces Weight Gain in Young African-American Girls
8. St. Jude program reduces weight gain in young African-American girls
9. Girls will be girls longer when home life is stable
10. Video: What Modern Girls Should Know About the Pill
11. Having Boys as Friends Can Boost Young Girls Drinking Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 25, 2017 , ... SignatureCare Emergency ... in the Austin, TX area 24 Hours a day. , The Emergency ... TX. , “We’ve been open four months now and things are running smoothly,” ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... will spotlight doctors and the cosmetic surgeries they perform on a daily basis. ... performing the cosmetic surgery procedures they specialize in at their practices. , When ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) will host a ... (ET). The seminar will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Embassy Suites ... will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with check-in beginning at 8 a.m. ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 24, 2017 , ... A CDC study shows that, although people ... of Caucasians (ages 18 to 29), had at least one case of sunburn within the ... time, which causes people to ignore the issue. However, only recently have people become conscientious ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) , ... July 24, 2017 ... ... first comprehensive sleep management solution focused on delivering end-to-end sleep health ... (OSA) program. , Recent literature shows that adherence rates for positive airway pressure ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/20/2017)... 2017  Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) released this statement from ... today,s Institute for Clinical and Economic Review,s (ICER) public ... and value of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) of opioids. Prime was ... the meeting. "The ... to the use of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) in opioids in ...
(Date:7/15/2017)... 15, 2017 Enterin Inc., a Philadelphia ... disease (PD), today announced the completion of a $12.7 million ... Ventures III, as well as the participation of existing investors. ... to have the support of New Ventures III and our ... validation of the potential of our platform technology to transform ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... Medical Products, a leader in medical product innovation and global patient ... for hospice patient care. ... Centurion Medical Products ... pain management and emotional comfort are part of a hospice,s primary ... preventing unneeded emergency department admission due to severe fecal impaction. One ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: