Truth or myth: Young children are less successful in contact lenses? Answer: Myth

This month, in our series looking at common myths concerning contact lenses, Jill Woods and Dr Monica Jong look at attitudes about fitting junior patients

The international survey of contact lens fitting for myopia management in children reported that more children are being fitted with contact lenses than ever before.1 The global interest in myopia management has been a significant catalyst for this.1

Survey results from eye care professionals (ECPs) about fitting children with contact lenses offer individual ECPs a way to review the attitudes and practices of their peers, both within their own country and across the world. These also inform the wider eye care community about differences in prescribing across the world.

In 2020, Sulley and colleagues reported results from their survey of 402 ECPs across six counties.2 They found that 50% of ECPs were comfortable fitting children as young as eight years old with contact lenses. When considering children aged 10 years and older, the percentage of ECPs comfortable to fit contact lenses rose to 78%.

Register now to continue reading

Thank you for visiting Optician Online. Register now to access up to 10 news and opinion articles a month.


Already have an account? Sign in here