Eye doctor for teen who needs glasses, but wants contact first
A few years back, our pediatrician told my then 13 year old that he should have his eyes checked. We went to UC Berkeley's Pediatric Eye Center and the doctor just told my son in a matter of fact way that he needed glasses without even considering that this might be a huge blow. (Needless to say, we haven't gone back.) My son completely fell apart in the appointment, and even though we ended up getting him glasses, he has never worn them and swears he'll only wear contacts. (He's managed to cope without them largely because he's near sighted and has been home during the pandemic.). Fast forward to now, and we have told him that he cannot even begin to start learning to drive until he gets his vision corrected, and he's now open to seeing another doctor and updating the prescription, but is still adamant that he must start with contacts. We don't believe he'll be responsible with contacts (e.g., "forgetting" to put them in and even losing them really easily), yet we know he really needs to fix his vision. Does anyone have an eye doctor who works really well with teens -- especially those who are really sensitive about wearing glasses and who want contacts right away? We want someone with excellent bedside manner who has a lot of experience working with teens and this kind of situation. Any/all suggestions would be appreciated!