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Does anyone's child wear Ortho-K lenses?

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SchnitzelVonKrumm Mon 16-May-11 12:01:42

Optometrist has recommended Ortho-K lenses for DD1 (7) to arrest her myopia (currently -1 but he thinks she will rapidly head towards -9 like her mother sad). He says his teenage patients now have them as a matter of course, and that the main issue is DD1's capacity to understand the importance of lens hygiene etc (she is quite mature, but she's still only 7).

Does anyone else's young child use them? As a long-term contact lens wearer myself the idea fills me with a slight horror but obviously I would like to prevent her facing the risk, inconvenience and sheer expense that extreme short-sightedness like mine entails.

(Will post this in Products as well btw)

DBennett Mon 16-May-11 17:24:17

Ortho K is still fairly unproven with regards halting myopia progression.

This is mainly due to the long trial length needed (at least 10yrs and more like 15yrs) to get good data.

What I mean by that is, you have to give the contact lens to children and then follow them until their early 20s, then have them stop the lenses and see what happens.

At the moment, the longest trials in children are 2-3yrs. At the end of this length of time wearing the lenses the children's eyes still got larger (the primary component of getting more short-sighted) but at not as much (about 2/3 as much).
If your daughter is Caucasian she may get better results as the best data comes from East Asian populations who have stronger myopic tendency.

There are also risks on record, similar to daytime contact lens wear.

If you're going to do it, then you need to be in for the long term (at least 15yrs), you need to accept that she will likely be left with some level of short-sightedness (which could be corrected by glasses, CLs, Ortho-K or whatever) and that there are risks/costs.

Does that make sense?

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