Fitting children with contact lenses "does not increase risk"

Fitting children with contact lenses "does not increase risk"

Having contact lenses fit when a child is no more risky than having them installed when a teenager, according to a new study.

Research presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting and carried out by experts at the Ohio State University College of Optometry shows that patients reported equal success rates after ten years of contact wear when fitted as children compared to those fitted as teens.

In the study, a total of 175 soft contact lens wearers aged between 17 and 30 years who had worn lenses for at least a decade - half of whom were fitted as teens and half when 12 or under - reported their levels of comfort, adverse events and compliance.

The results showed that 25 per cent of both groups were able to wear contact lenses for as many hours as they wanted, while an equal amount from each group wore their lenses for more than 14 hours per day.

Dr Jeffrey Walline, co-author of the study, commented: "A growing body of research has already established the many benefits and safety of paediatric contact lens wear. This study further demonstrates that fitting children at younger ages has no harmful long-term effects."

by Adrian Galbreth

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