Specialist support for children adapting to contact lens wear

Specialist support for children adapting to contact lens wear

Posted on 29th January 2018

Heather Muir has completed further training to ensure Cameron Optometry continues to provide highest level of care to young patients, in particular those transitioning to contact lens wear.

Last year optical assistant, Heather Muir completed various qualifications in Child Anxiety and Confidence. Designed to help understand the importance of overcoming negative emotions in children and boosting esteem, this has already been invaluable as Heather helps children grow their confidence in handling their new contact lenses.

In a bid to build on her strong foundations in this area, Heather has now added a qualification from Play Therapy UK, the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills. This course focused on non-directive play techniques, learning new and varied techniques in play therapy. It is designed to help participants provide emotional support to children.

In 2017 Cameron Optometry saw a significant increase in the number of young people wearing contact lenses, in particular Myopia Management lenses, which effectively slow the progression of short-sightedness in children. Heather uses her experience and training to support these children as they adapt to contact lens wear, which for many, is totally foreign so they naturally have reservations when making the transition.

Heather has worked with children as young as seven who have adapted very well to contact lens wear. She takes a very gentle approach and they can come in as many times as they like, until they, along with their parents, feel totally comfortable taking their contact lenses home.

Already this year we have had many parents enquire about Myopia Management contact lenses as awareness of the benefits of these lenses grows, so Heather will continue to put her training to good use.

If you would like information on contact lenses for children, please get in touch or book your child in for a free comprehensive eye examination.


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