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NOW CLOSED....Pre-teen/ teen aged 10-17 who wears specs or contacts? You could win one of 2 £250 vouchers by together completing a survey about options for vision correction

(81 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Apr-13 13:35:04

We have been asked to conduct a survey to find out parents and childrens' attitudes and perceptions about different vision correction options. Please be aware the questions for your child do discuss various aspects of children wearing contacts.

The survey is open to all UK MNers who have at least one child aged 10-17 years who currently requires some sort of vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. We have lots of responses from children aged 12 and under and would ideally like to get more from those aged 13+ now, though all welcome...

This survey has two main pages of questions: one for parents and one for your child.

Please ensure your child is nearby when you start this survey as you'll need them to add their responses to the last page - if your child is not with you now please bookmark this thread or the survey link and complete it when you are together. If necessary you can leave the survey open which should save your responses but it would work best if your child is there and able to do the survey after you've answered your questions. There are 20 questions for you and 10 for your child.

We're looking for around 500 parents and 500 children to complete this survey. As a special incentive we have £250 of vouchers to be won by TWO lucky MN families. The two winners - drawn at random from everyone adding their details - can choose from John Lewis or iTunes vouchers to the value of £250 - and we're leaving it up to you how you negotiate with your child over how (if at all) the £250 is split between you wink should you win....

Here's the survey:

Many thanks
PS Please note this survey has been sent to a sample from our panel. Please only complete it once per family.

ouryve Mon 15-Apr-13 21:05:46

Mutter mutter mutter.

DS1 is 9 sad

Grumble mutter.

DontSHOUTTTTTT Tue 16-Apr-13 21:53:22

My DD found some of the questions a bit odd as she only wears her glasses for long distance and doesn't wear them all day. She put a lot of 'don't know's. hope it's ok.

ripsishere Wed 17-Apr-13 07:53:18

Bumcakes, we are abroad.

ilovepowerhoop Wed 17-Apr-13 08:08:21

dd also 9, ggrrr

Marking my place to do it later.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Apr-13 08:28:32

DontSHOUTTTTTT - that's fine.

Feminine Wed 17-Apr-13 11:34:33

I'll do it later smile

Stropperella Wed 17-Apr-13 17:19:23


ClaraOswinOswald Wed 17-Apr-13 21:05:12

Done. It was very revealing as we did it together (DD is 11 so wanted help). I put that she didn't want contacts as she had never mentioned them but she put that she was really keen to have them. I suppose if she manages to get up early to do her hair every day she is probably capable of using contacts properly.

Food for thought, I told her we'll ask at her next check up.

Yonihadtoask Wed 17-Apr-13 21:20:56


DS just collected his new specs today. With free prescription sunglasses.

He is well chuffed smile

Startail Thu 18-Apr-13 23:42:44

I'll have to do this tomorrow DD is in bed, she is even asleep not reading Twilight.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 11:23:20

Thanks for all the surveys so far...please do book mark the page or link to do when your DC is
We'd love to get some more older teens in the sample as well

bulletproofgerbil Fri 19-Apr-13 13:41:59

Both done it. Finally gave in and DD1 wears contacts for social occasions. Well that was the initial agreement anyhow. Now wears them for school too even though she doesn't see as well with them. Has also had 2 lots of conjunctivitis through lousy hygiene (has been known to ferret around in eyes in the middle of the street.) She still feels she's responsible enough to wear them though. Am regretting having given in on this though.

BackforGood Fri 19-Apr-13 17:14:59

Done it, but like Don'tSHOUTTTTTT some of the questions seemed to presume dd wears them full time, but she only needs them for 'concentrated close work' (ie, more than 10 mins of reading, writing, computer) so it doesn't affect her sport, which she does a lot of. The survey didn't seem to take that into account and also seemed to be trying to 'sell' contact lenses.

ninja Fri 19-Apr-13 18:19:38

Marking place

LackaDAISYcal Fri 19-Apr-13 20:41:32

Done, but similarly re wearing them all the time. DS only needs his for concentrated close work as well. He had never even thought of contactsd and as a 10 year old boy cares not a jot about his appearance or what his friends think of him..yet. I think it's probably more geared towards older teens and did seem to be pushing the idea of contact lenses and suggesting that glasses make you more self conscious.

MildlyMiserable Fri 19-Apr-13 20:51:16

Grrr, nine and a half here, been wearing for 5 years.

DD2 and I have completed it. She was very put out that we completed it 2 days before her birthday, so she had to say she was 13.

sad <--- her

grin <--- me <mutter, mutter, kids acting older than their years, mutter, mutter>

FatherSpodoKomodo Fri 19-Apr-13 22:48:35

Just seen this. Will do it tomorrow with DS, 14.

herladyship Sat 20-Apr-13 08:16:38


glasses are very cool at the moment, dd (12) has a pair Jack Duckworth would have been proud of but she informs me the style is 'geek chic' grin

crazycarol Sat 20-Apr-13 14:37:46

The questions seem biased towards those who wear glases OR contacts and to those who wear both the questions seem a little irrelevant

MrsShrek3 Sat 20-Apr-13 21:24:34

we've done it but he's not sure if it senthmm
any chance you could check, MNHQ?thanks

muddysamazingyoni Sat 20-Apr-13 21:30:46

Filled in for DD 11

Then read only one per family. sad as DS2 16 also wears them.

muddysamazingyoni Sat 20-Apr-13 21:35:49

DDs friend wears contacts and has had nothing but problems, so DD is a little scared of them.

More open Qs would be better to get an overview of what DC think, in their own words.

isitsnowingyet Sat 20-Apr-13 22:08:58

Done it - fingers crossed we win!!! grin

Done smile

MartinScorsassy Sat 20-Apr-13 23:20:02

Done smile

Bunbaker Sun 21-Apr-13 08:40:44

"Now wears them for school too even though she doesn't see as well with them."

Contacts are usually better at correcting sight than glasses. Perhaps she needs her prescription changed.

I used to wear contacts fully understand the implications of not looking after them properly. There is no way DD (12) is getting contacts until she is old enough to look after them properly.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 10:36:54

all good thanks MrsShrek3

thanks for comments - any other comments welcome on the thread..

doobedoobedoo Sun 21-Apr-13 13:06:08

Done - an older teen for you.

AmberLeaf Sun 21-Apr-13 13:37:43


AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 14:54:27

thanks - we'd love more older teens in the sample mix....please do complete with your oldest DC who needs specs/ contacts if possible thanks

PrideOfChanur Sun 21-Apr-13 16:53:15

Could have done with a comment box though as on several questions my answer was "it depends on the child,and on what their glasses/contact lens prescription is" - no option to say that though!

AmberLeaf Sun 21-Apr-13 17:40:13

I did mine with my 16 yr old.

FriskyMare Sun 21-Apr-13 19:25:09

Have completed for dd15, wears mainly contacts but also has glasses somewhere in her room , can I do another one for ds13 who only wears glasses?

FriskyMare Sun 21-Apr-13 19:34:10

Oops! Have just seen the "once per family" blush

Shesparkles Mon 22-Apr-13 16:36:43

I've done it with my 15year old

Weegiemum Mon 22-Apr-13 18:06:36

Filled in. Dd1 is asking for a "total bollocks" category to replace "strongly disagree" (13 and opinionated!!).

OddBoots Mon 22-Apr-13 19:45:50

Until this survey it hadn't occurred to me that under 18s would wear contacts but then having a friend who now has a glass eye due to contacts related infection has probably just made me put the option out of mind. Than

Tistheseasontobedramatic Mon 22-Apr-13 19:51:10

Done last week but just checking in now smile

Done with my 16 year old smile

StillSlightlyCrumpled Mon 22-Apr-13 20:23:05

Done, DS1 is 12. He wears both & has done for a couple of years. Would be interested in the results. smile

I did the first part but wasn't able to get to the second bit, any way of finding out if I have to do it all again?

Just done it with dd (age 10) who came downstairs unable to sleep (had won a medal at athletics tonight and was still buzzing from that)

She felt the questions a bit pro-contacts - her exact words were "Are they trying to get me to try contact lenses by telling me how much better they are?"
I had to agree with her, I too felt it was trying to persuade dc to try contacts by making them think they would be prettier / more accepted / more confident / better able to participate in sports.
It annoyed me a lot bit to be honest.

Tortoise Mon 22-Apr-13 21:57:49

Done with DS1 16.

Done with DS who is 17 and 363 days! Is that an old enough teen for you? wink

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 23-Apr-13 08:22:54

PurpleKittyKnitting - sorry I can't see any response in there...could you try it again? There are 3 pages - 1 intro, 1 for you and 1 for your DS/DD to do. Ideally you'll need to do it all in one go so could you copy the link somewhere ( thanks so much.

Lovely agent wink

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 23-Apr-13 08:23:55

And happy birthday to your (not so) LO for tomorrow...

Bluebell99 Tue 23-Apr-13 16:37:56

I'm having problems doing the survey, i completed it up till clicking next for my child to fill in the next page and then I got an error page and now it has gone back to starting from the beginning. I don't really want to fill the whole thing in again sad

Will give it another go, my daughter is 16

Hurray, all done!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 24-Apr-13 15:07:38

Sorry to hear that bluebell99 - what happens when you click on the link now?

Bluebell99 Wed 24-Apr-13 22:50:40

Hi Ann, I'll try again tomorrow, when I have my ds by my side again. Did my other attempt not register then, I got as far as giving my username and email and clicking next for the child part?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Apr-13 13:20:55

No doesn't look like it...very odd. Thanks and sorry.

greengoose Thu 25-Apr-13 18:01:23

All done, think I might have to split prize if we win though.....!

birdsofshore Thu 25-Apr-13 18:23:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sanityawol Thu 25-Apr-13 21:31:45

Done - had to tell DD 11 what contacts were. "So I have to put my finger in my eye? Ewww"

Agree that questions were very leading and biased, as well as heavily focused on appearance.

Both DH and I are full-time speccy and have never worn contacts, so glasses are the norm here. I guess that may have coloured her view on whether glasses are detrimental to appearance (she doesn't think they are).

Bluebell99 Thu 25-Apr-13 22:43:52

I've done it again now smile

sanityawol I had to explain to dd about contacts too and her reaction was much the same grin

I have been thinking about this survey for the past few days and have come to realise that it annoyes me and I regret doing it.
Dd was not really aware of contacts and was certainly not aware of any negative connotations towards wearing glasses in relation to appearance / peer acceptance / sports etc.
I feel that by asking her these questions I have put doubt about her glasses and how she looks in her mind. Something she never worried about before (I have worn glasses all my life, she sees them as the norm) and now she has done this survey it has made her see glasses differently.
I feel this was more of an advertising campaign than an honest survey due to the way the questions were clearly in favour of contacts and painting glasses in a more negative light.


birds I wish I had read the whole survey before sitting down with dd. I suppose I could have stopped but she is a good reader and whilst we were reading the first question together I know she was already silently skipping on ahead so it was too late.
We finished the survey (honestly) and she skipped back up to bed. (CLUTCHING THE ATHLETICS MEDAL SHE HAD WON WHILST WEARING GLASSES!!) grin

hellsbells99 Fri 26-Apr-13 13:59:36

I filled in the survey with my DD. My DD has had contact lenses for approx 1 year now - she is 15. She loves them for school and sport but often chooses to wear her glasses in the evenings/weekends. I have worn contacts since I was 18 - which is nearly 30 years!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 26-Apr-13 17:40:56

Hi...thanks for all the responses so far.

We are really after more responses from slightly older children now and I have amended the title to reflect that. Ideally aged 13+.

I've also amended the op so its clear the survey is about various aspects of wearing contacts. Appreciate this does potentially raise it as an issue for some parents/children. It's not an advert but is aimed at finding out what teens really think about contacts vs glasses themselves rather than just asking what parents think. All comments taken on board.

My DD2 is just turning 13 (but I out down she is 12 cos currently she is...) but she's desperate for contacts. She's not ready for contacts- way too lazy to take care of them!

Preferthedogtothekids Sat 27-Apr-13 14:08:45

My 14yr old daughter and I have filled the survey in.

Groovee Sat 27-Apr-13 17:54:25

Dd age 13 has complied and filled in x

LadyPeterWimsey Sun 28-Apr-13 17:39:02

DS(15) and I have filled it in.

kingbeat23 Sun 28-Apr-13 22:20:31

Can I add to this as I wore glasses and contacts as a child?

GerardWay Fri 03-May-13 18:42:09

Just filled out survey with DD (15 yrs). She got her first contact lenses this afternoon.

Madsometimes Fri 03-May-13 20:23:20

I agree with others that the study seemed very biased, and I have worked in both academic and market research previously.

I would be interested in knowing which company is trying to peddle contacts to children who is the client that is funding the research.

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Sat 04-May-13 12:19:51

I wondered what the point of the survey was. I think it is to provide statistics for advertising (to end users or stockists). I thought the questions seemed biased and were directing the interviewee to agree with pro contact lens statements. They seemed a bit leading IYSWIM

I imagine te result of the survey will be that the company will be able to state something like "89% of teens think contact lenses are better than glasses for sport and self confidence". (Or whatever)

<<cynic emoticon>>

Lol, hope I just didn't exclude myself from the draw, DD and I did fill out the survey honestly

<<back peddle emoticon>>

My 12 yo would love contacts but our optician - Specsavers - wont do them got under 16s .... Which gets me out of that nicely....

From the levels of hygiene etc in her bedroom generally, no way would she manage contacts properly yet wink

BebeBelge Sun 05-May-13 23:48:02

Just done survey with 17 y/o DS. He's wise to the ways of marketing and laughed at how leading the questions were grin

I've told him it's John Lewis vouchers if we win. He doesn't need to know about the iTunes wink

Oh, just realised we can split the vouchers. He can have a few tunes then I suppose if he changes his filthy sheets

RollerCola Tue 07-May-13 21:17:54

Completed with my 11yr old dd, although she is not at all interested in contact lenses. I'd be happy enough for her to try them when she's a few years older but she doesn't like the thought of poking about in her eyes just yet grin

crazymum53 Wed 08-May-13 20:45:39

Have done the survey with 13 year old dd but did not receive any acknowledgement when it was submitted. Is it working OK?

Just realised, ds age nearly 14 , has to wear glasses at school for reading / computer work. (he does not wear them at home so I had forgotten he wears them tbh blush)
I would be very interested in his answers to the questions (to see if he finds them misleading too, I cannot imagine it would sway him)

Can I fill the survey in for him too?

timetogrowup Fri 10-May-13 08:36:05

I did wonder if the questions especially for the children weren't aimed at nudging them towards asking for contact lenses. Personally I don't think my son age 12 with his sticky mucky paws is ready for them.

timetogrowup Fri 10-May-13 08:36:16

I did wonder if the questions especially for the children weren't aimed at nudging them towards asking for contact lenses. Personally I don't think my son age 12 with his sticky mucky paws is ready for them.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 15-May-13 13:24:14

Magnolia74 and Kelandab win a £250 voucher for John Lewis or itunes for completing the survey. Thanks to everyone who did this one.

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