Contact Lenses Improve Vision- Related Quality of Life in Children

Children who wear contact lenses have better visionrelated quality of life than children who wear eyeglasses, according to a study published in Optometry & Vision Science.1

A total of 484 nearsighted children aged 8 to 11 years were randomly assigned to wear eyeglasses (n = 237) or contact lenses (n = 247) for 3 years. Researchers measured outcomes using the Pediatric Refractive Error Profile, an instrument that determines the vision-specific quality of life between children affected only by refractive error. The Pediatric Refractive Error Profile was administered at the baseline examination, at 1 month, and every 6 months for 3 years. Children rated their experiences in the following categories: activities, appearance, far vision, near vision, handling, peer perception, satisfaction, academics, symptoms, overall vision, and overall Pediatric Refractive Error Profile. During the 3-year study period, the overall quality of life improved 14.2 ±18.1 units for those who wore contact lenses and 2.1 ±14.6 units for those who wore eyeglasses (P < .001). Researchers noted that quality of life improved more for older children than younger children.

The study was supported by funding from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., and The Vision Care Institute, LLC, both Johnson & Johnson (Jacksonville, FL) companies.

  1. Rah MJ,Walline JJ,Jones-Jordan LA,et al.Vision specific quality of pediatric contact lens wearers.Optom Vis Sci. 2010;87(8):560-566.