CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month

June 2007

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Contact Lenses and Kids
Today’s children are involved in numerous physical activities such as soccer, band or dance. For kids with refractive error, contact lenses can really help improve their skills and their enjoyment of these activities. If I have an active child in my exam room, I always discuss contact lenses. If the child and the parents show interest, I discuss the three things that I think need to happen before a child is fit with contact lenses:
    1. The child’s ocular anatomy and physiology must be able tolerate contact lens wear
    2. The parent/primary caregiver must agree with the contact lens treatment plan and continued follow-up
    3. The child must want contact lenses and be diligent with personal hygiene (for example, he brushes his teeth and combs his hair without being told to do so).
    I give the parents and child some time alone to discuss after I present my recommendations. When I return to the room, everyone needs to be on the same page. If a child is not currently diligent with personal hygiene and wants to wear contact lenses, I will give the child two months to prove it to her or his parents. If they can improve their personal hygiene in two months, they can then call our office and schedule a contact lens fitting.
Jon Forche, O.D.,
Athens, Ga.

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