JBO - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - Literature Review: Children and Contact Lenses

Appears in issue JBO - Volume 22 - Issue 4

Newman, Christina, OD

Fitting contact lenses in the pediatric population can be rewarding for both the child and practitioner. Contact
lenses as an option for vision correction can have a major impact on a child’s life and visual development. Progressive myopia is a detrimental and visually debilitating condition. With recent focus on the use of different contact  lens modalities, continuous progress is being made in attempting to halt myopia progression in children. Promising results have been found in early trials with use of Dual-Focus lenses. With the advent of improved contact lens materials, the question of whether it is possible to fit younger children has been raised. Recent studies have found fitting children with contacts has minimal risk of adverse events, does not require more of the practitioner’s time and can improve a child’s self-perception. This review takes a look at three studies involving contact lenses and children.