Contact lenses "help children to avoid multiple eye surgery"

Contact lenses "help children to avoid multiple eye surgery"

Children who wear contact lenses instead of having primary intraocular lens (IOL) correction are less likely to have to undergo more than one surgical procedure to correct their unilateral congenital cataracts, a study has shown.

Research published in the Archives of Ophthalmology details a study involving 114 infants with a unilateral congenital cataract.

Those who had IOL implantation were more likely to have to undergo additional intraocular operations than those who had just worn contact lenses in an attempt to correct their problem vision.

"Until longer-term follow-up data are available, caution should be exercised when performing IOL implantation in children aged six months or younger," the researchers concluded.

Earlier, research by the Ohio State University College of Optometry, suggested that children can benefit from using contact lenses.

The study found that 94 per cent of children and 83 per cent teens noticed an improved performance in certain activities after switching from glasses to contact lenses.

by Adrian Galbreth

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