Editorial
Volume 11 Issue 9 - 2020
When and Why? Is it Recommended to Fit Contact Lenses in Children?
Eduardo Arenas*
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Rosario University and National University, Bogotá, Colombia
*Corresponding Author: Eduardo Arenas, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Rosario University and National University, Bogotá, Colombia.
Received: July 26, 2020; Published: August 29, 2020




Fitting contact lenses in infants and children was first suggested by Girard in 1962 [1], for the management of monocular aphakia just a few years after contact lenses where introduced in Ophthalmology, with excellent results followed latter by other authors [2-4] and using soft contact lenses also in an extended wear fashion [3,5] and as a patching mechanism in the sound eye [6,7]. With the success obtained with aphakic lenses in children, Allen used then them for the management of congenital nystagmus as an interesting way to treat this complicated disease [8]. In 1996, in Poland Boroditsky., et al. recommended the use of soft contact lenses early in children to control myopia [9], giving rise to the orthokeratology [10] and of course to correct high refractive errors with the advantage of visual quality improvement and wider visual fields.

References

  1. Girard LJ and Soper JW. “Use of contact lenses in infants and children”. Intern Ophthalmology Clinical 2 (1962): 873.
  2. Riise R., et al. “The use of contact lenses in children with unilateral traumatic aphakia”. Acta Ophthalmologica (Copenh) 55 (1977): 386-394.
  3. Stark WJ., et al. “Extended-wear contact lenses and intraocular lenses for aphakic correction”. American Journal of Ophthalmology 88 (1979): 535-542.
  4. Zhang X., et al. “Rigid gas permeable contact lenses for visual rehabilitation of unilateral aphakic children in China”. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 42 (2019): 502-505.
  5. Rogers GL. “Extended wear silicone contact lenses in children with cataracts”. Ophthalmology 87 (1980): 867-870.
  6. Ma JJ., et al. “Contact lenses for the treatment of pediatric cataracts”. Ophthalmology 110 (2003): 299-305.
  7. Saltarelli DP and Motley WW. “Optical penalization with contact lenses for children with unilateral aphakia: an alternative to patching”. Eye and Contact Lens 39 (2013): 405-409.
  8. Allen ED and Davies PD. “Role of contact lenses in the management of congenital nystagmus”. British Journal of Ophthalmology 67 (1983): 834-836.
  9. Bogorodzki B and Grałek M. “Use of contact lenses in children with severe myopia”. Klinika Oczna 98 (1996): 37-40.
  10. Kerns RL. “Research in orthokeratology, part VI: statistical and clinical analyses”. Journal of the American Optometric Association 48 (1977): 1134-1147.
  11. Mark A Bullimore. “The Safety of Soft Contact Lenses in Children”. Optometry and Vision Science 94 (2017): 638-646.
  12. Lim Li., et al. “Contact lenses in pediatrics study in Singapore”. Eye Contact Lens 35 (2009): 188-195.
  13. Infant Aphakia Treatment Study Group. “The Infant Aphakia Treatment Study Contact Lens Experience to Age 5 Years”. Eye Contact Lens 43 (2017): 352-357.
Citation: Eduardo Arenas. “When and Why? Is it Recommended to Fit Contact Lenses in Children?”. EC Ophthalmology 11.8 (2020): 17-18.

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