Contact lenses "provide collateral benefits" to children

Contact lenses "provide collateral benefits" to children

Children who wear contact lenses for vision correction may have further benefits, according to one sector expert.

Dr Christine Sindt, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Iowa, said that improving children"s sight is not the only thing that contact lenses can achieve.

She noted: "Studies in children"s vision correction confirm that contacts provide collateral benefits to children beyond simply correcting their vision, including significantly improving how they feel about their physical appearance, acceptance among friends, and ability to play sports."

She said that it is "no surprise" that optometrists and parents are becoming even more comfortable with the decision to recommend contact lenses to children when vision correction is required.

Recently, the Contact Lenses in Pediatrics Study, carried out by experts at the Ohio State University College of Optometry, New England College of Optometry and University of Houston College of Optometry, showed that 68 per cent of children and 65 per cent of teens noticed improved performance in activities through wearing contact lenses.

by Emily Tait

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