Contact lens fitting and training in a child and youth population

Paquette, Lindsay, Jones, Deborah A., Sears, Megan, Nandakumar, Krithika and Woods, Craig A. 2015, Contact lens fitting and training in a child and youth population, Contact lens and anterior eye, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 419-423, doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2015.05.002.

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Title Contact lens fitting and training in a child and youth population
Author(s) Paquette, Lindsay
Jones, Deborah A.
Sears, Megan
Nandakumar, Krithika
Woods, Craig A.ORCID iD for Woods, Craig A.
Journal name Contact lens and anterior eye
Volume number 38
Issue number 6
Start page 419
End page 423
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1476-5411
Keyword(s) Children
Contact lens
Contact lens fitting
Contact lens training
Summary PURPOSE: To determine the ease with which children and youths without previous soft contact lens (SCL) experience were able to handle, care for, adapt and be fitted with SCLs. METHODS: 179 children aged 8-16 were recruited. Study visits included: screening and training visits, 1-week and 3-month follow-ups. During the training visit, the time taken to demonstrate proficiency in lens insertion and removal and care was recorded. A second training visit was scheduled if necessary. RESULTS: Nine children did not complete the screening visit and eight discontinued during the study. Of those eight, seven discontinued during the first week and one before the 3-month visit. Of those recruited, 90.5% (162/179) were successfully fitted and completed the study. A majority of children were dispensed with lenses at the first training visit (94.6%, 162/171). The mean training time for all children was 30min. There were no statistically significant differences in the number of lenses required to fit or instruction time by age group (p>0.05) or gender (p>0.05). Nine participants (5.3%, 9/171) required a second training visit with four still unable to handle lenses (2.3%, 4/171). By the 1-week visit 13.2% (22/167) of participants either lost or tore lenses, no subsequent lost or torn lenses occurred. No serious adverse events occurred during the study. CONCLUSION: Children and youths with no previous contact lens experience were easily fitted, able to successfully wear and care for lenses. The results of this study should encourage practitioners to recommend SCLs as a vision correction option.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.clae.2015.05.002
Field of Research 111399 Ophthalmology and Optometry not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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