Keith Holland & Associates have been at the forefront of child contact lens fitting for years and have both written articles for, and lectured to, other optometrists on fitting the child patient. Our motivation comes from understanding that contact lenses can often give a better chance of good visual development than can some higher prescriptions made in spectacles.
A child with a high prescription may be able to see with spectacles, but the lenses may cause undue magnification, which affects how the brain makes sense of what it is seeing. If there is a big difference in strength between the two eyes, then the brain may not be able to ‘fuse’ the two images successfully – this is known as anisometropia. Whilst this is a problem in glasses, contact lenses do not cause this problem, and can allow the two eyes to learn to work together again. Once fitted, they may become less clumsy, enjoy sport more and become more confident. Contact lenses can be worn on a part time basis if required, with spectacles at other times .
Clare and Agnes are all experienced in the fitting of children and young people from the age of 5 upwards (although 7 to 8 would be the norm). We try to use disposable lenses where we can, as this takes away the need for lens cleaning, and makes hygienic lens wear easier. Another advantage of daily lenses is that should one be damaged, they are far cheaper to replace!
Our teaching team are as equally committed, giving children as much time as is required and “going the extra mile” for our young patients. They often find that children rise to the occasion of tackling a grown up task like putting contact lenses in and out and looking after them, and report that they follow instructions better than many an adult!
So, if you have children or grandchildren you think we could help, please give the practice a ring!