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21 CLSA EyeWitness Spring 2017 Authors Walline et al Walline et al Jones-Jordan et al Chalmers RL et al Paquette et al Li et al Walline et al Walline et al Walline et al Studies that address the concerns of fitting contact lenses in children. tis, and sub-conjunctival hemorrhages were among the most frequently report- ed injuries. These injuries were mostly superficial, self-limiting, and did not re- quire hospitalization. The bottom line is that while young children can wear contact lenses, these are still class II (moderate-risk) medi- cal devices as defined by the FDA and Table 1 should be responsibly handled with ex- treme care to minimize the risk of ocular complications. If compliance with both lens wear and care can be maintained, risks should remain low. With the ad- vancement in modern technology and healthier lens options, such as param- eter availability of daily disposals, chil- dren can be fit in devices that have been Year of Publication 2007 2007 2010 2011 2015 2009 2007 2009 2007 Study ACHIEVE Study Group CLIP CLAMP CLAY Contact lens fitting and training in a child and youth population Contact lenses in pediatrics study in Singapore ACHIEVE Study Group ACHIEVE Study Group CLIP Concern addressed Can children successfully wear contact lenses and are they safe? Can they make my child's eyes worse? What are the benefits of contact lens wear? Conclusion Yes, children as young as 8 are capable of comforatably wearing soft contact lenses. Yes. Study cohort of children did not experience problems related to contact lens wear during the study. Yes, children as young as 8 are capable of comforatably wearing both GP and soft contact lenses. Yes, soft contact lens use in children (as young as 8) and young teens is acceptable, specifically in terms of safety. Children/youth with no previous contact lens experience can be easily fitted and can successfully wear and care for lenses. Yes, children as young as 8 are capable of comforatably wearing daily disposable contact lenses. No, there is no clinically significant "myopic creep" with soft contact lens wear. Contact lens we ar can improve physical appeareance, athletic competence, and social accep- tance self-perceptions. Contact lenses can signficantly improve quality of life, as reported by children and teens. shown to decrease the risk of contact lens associated adverse events 3 . AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD START WEARING CONTACT LENSES? If you poll a small group of your clos- est colleagues, you will likely get a range of ages at which it is acceptable

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