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What age can Children wear Contact Lenes?


Do Contact Lenses Slow Short Sight Progress in Children? (Myopia Control)


Children as young as 8 years can wear Contact Lenses.


Building self-esteem, improved appearances and help with Sports often reported as benefits.

 Physically, a child’s eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. Even some infants are fitted with contact lenses due to congenital cataracts or other eye conditions present at birth. In a recent study that involved fitting near-sighted children of ages 8-11 with one-day disposable contact lenses, 90 percent of the kids had no trouble applying or removing the contacts without assistance from their parents.

 

Children are naturally great contact lens wearers if they accept the responsibility for them. They typically are highly motivated to wear contacts and usually adapt well to them. Kids also are less likely to have dry eyes — a condition that can cause contact lens-related problems for adults.

 

Building Self-Esteem With Contact Lenses

Many kids feel self-conscious wearing glasses or simply don’t like the way they look in glasses. Wearing contact lenses often can improve how children feel about their appearance, boosting their self-confidence. Contact lenses provide better vision for sports than glasses and improve self-esteem.

In a recent study of 169 children who were wearing prescription eyeglasses and then were fitted with contact lenses, researchers found that contact lens wear “significantly improves how children and teenagers feel about their appearance and participation in activities.”


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Multi Centre International Studies have repeatedly shown Short Sight Progress can be slowed in many Children? (Myopia Control Contact Lenses)

 

World leading clinicians advocate fitting Myopia Control Contact Lenses to children. Many studies suggest that fitting young near-sighted children with specialist contacts may slow the progression of their myopia. The weight of studies since 2007 has supported the advocates such as J. Walline from Ohio State University, USA and J. Phillips in NewZealand. Other leading Universities such as The University of Aukland and The University of  Berkerley, California are also actively fitting Children with Myopia Control Lenses.

 

Myopia Control Lenses are typically dual-focus lenses featuring a central optical zone that fully corrects myopia, surrounded by peripheral zones of lesser correction. The design of the lenses was based on previous research that suggests peripheral defocus in the retina might cause the lengthening of the eyeball during childhood that is associated with myopia progression.


Researchers in New Zealand reported that “dual-focus” soft contact lenses were able to slow the progression of near-sightedness in children ages 11 to 14, compared with regular soft contact lenses.


Reference:

Effect of Dual-Focus Soft Contact Lens Wear on Axial Myopia Progression in Children: Ophthalmology 2011;118:1152–1161 © 2011 by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Nicola S. Anstice, BOptom, PhD, John R. Phillips, MCOptom, PhD


Ortho- K Contact Lenses (Optical Retainers) have long been reported to reduce Myopia Progress in children.

These lenses work on a similar concept to Dental Orthodontic Retainers. Children sleep in lenses overnight and remove them in the morning. Many parents prefer this method as they can administer the lenses and the child does not have issues of lens care during the day.


Nick Dash, UK Optometrist,

has been actively involved in Myopia Control since 2007 and uses specialist equipment to assess the growth of the eye, to monitor the short-sightedness and effectiveness of any dual focus lenses. The evidence suggests these lenses are an effective treatment and may slow elongation of the eye that causes short-sightedness. It will not reverse the short sight but in many cases slows the progression to thicker glasses with the inconvenience and additional costs that brings. More importantly, clinicains feel this reduced eye length will reduce risks of retinal detachment, glaucoma and other pathologies associated with high myopia.


Both Ortho-K and Dual Focus Soft Lens Options worn in the day have a strong scientific and  an evidence base to their use.


Nick Dash fits both Soft Myopia Control Lenses and Ortho-K (Optical Retainers) to provide child & parent based approach.


It is recommended that all options, risks and lifestyle issues are discussed with parent and child.



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