Kids and contact lenses – benefits, safety and getting to ‘yes’

There are numerous reasons why contact lenses are beneficial for children, and the safety profile is high. Yet there are still barriers in the mind of the practitioner, parent and young patient to childhood CL wear. Here we address these often cited barriers, with the goal to support your clinical communication on the benefits and safety of contact lenses for kids, to move towards achieving a ‘yes’ from the parent and patient.

Which contact lens should we choose for sports?

If a child is wearing spectacles or using atropine as their primary myopia control treatment, which contact lens should we choose for sports? Is a myopia controlling contact lens needed if it will only be for occasional wear? Here we discuss the options and clinical considerations based on the individual patient.

Communicating with an ophthalmologist about orthokeratology

How do you manage your young patient when their ophthalmologist appears to have advised parents against orthokeratology? How should you communicate with the ophthalmologist about orthokeratology? This clinical case explores the aspects of safety, efficacy and benefits, including detail on the comparison of short-term risks of contact lens wear with the long-term risks of myopia.

Is rubbing orthokeratology lenses necessary?

When cleaning orthokeratology contact lenses, is rubbing necessary? Would rubbing the ortho k lens cause warpage or deformation over time? Read more to find out how colleagues responded and what the research tells us.

How much orthokeratology over-correction is ideal?

Orthokeratology is designed to achieve slight over-correction so the optical treatment will last all day. How much overcorrection is ideal to achieve good vision throughout the day while achieving good visual performance?

Is orthokeratology useful for control of low myopia?

There’s a common clinical belief that orthokeratology doesn’t work as well in lower myopes for myopia control. This is even sometimes included in conference presentations as prescribing advice. Is orthokeratology useful for control of low myopia? Here’s what’s fact and what’s fiction, when considering its efficacy for low vs high myopia, and orthokeratology vs multifocal contact lens myopia control.

MFCL evidence update

The latest and greatest research on dual-focus, depth of focus and multifocal contact lenses for myopia control

This research summary describes the major multifocal contact lens (MFCL) research studies for myopia control, and what we still need to learn. From the first studies only a decade ago, to wearing time, commercially available lenses, the influence of BV, novel designs and more, this comprehensive review will get you all the way up to date on MFCLs.

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When a patient doesn’t respond to Orthokeratology

What do you do when your patient doesn’t respond to your orthokeratology (orthoK) treatment and things don’t add up? Here’s a case for you where an optometrist had to become a bit more investigative to determine the cause.