Not having to clean the lenses and with lost or damaged lenses easily replaced daily disposable lenses are the ideal option for even young children.
The eye size of a two year old is already similar to the adult size with ocular parameter and physiological needs the same as those of an adult¹¹. The central corneal curvature of a two year old child is already similar to that of an adult¹². No clinical differences in the fitting of young children compared to teenagers or adults¹¹.
Contact lenses offer children a number of benefits including improved quality of life, self perception, ability to participate in sports, and improved perceived social acceptance. Children from the age of 8 years benefit from these quality of life improvements⁹ ¹⁰.
Nowadays children as young as 8 are routinely fitted with soft contact lenses, even younger children are fitted if their motivation and level of maturity are high. Children, including young children, have demonstrated their ability to handle contact lenses successfully⁹ ¹⁰. A daily disposable lens, such as MiSight™, is ideal for even young children.
Walline JJ, Gaume A, Jones LA, Rah MJ, Manny RE, Berntsen DA, Chitkara M, Kim A, Quinn N (2007). Benefits of contact lens wear for children and teens. Eye Contact Lens. 2007 Nov;33(6 Pt 1):317-21.
Walline JJ, Jones LA, Sinnott L, Chitkara M, Coffey B, Jackson JM, Manny RE, Rah MJ, Prinstein MJ; ACHIEVE Study Group. (2009) Randomized trial of the effect of contact lens wear on self-perception in children. Optom Vis Sci. 2009 Mar;86(3):222-32.
Walline JJ et al (2007). Contact Lens in Pediatrics (CLIP) Study: Chair Time and Ocular Health. Optom Vis Sci 2007; 896-902
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