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Children's Self-Perceptions Improve More With Contact Lenses vs. Glasses
Date:3/2/2009

Three-year study of children ages 8-11 years shows contact lens wearers feel better about their Physical Appearance, Athletic Competence, and Social Acceptance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Contact lenses provide value-added benefits to children beyond simply correcting their nearsightedness -- significantly improving how they feel about their physical appearance, acceptance among friends, and ability to play sports. Data from a three-year multi-site study assessing the effects of glasses and contact lenses on the self-perception of nearsighted children ages eight to 11 years, further reveals that for children who initially dislike wearing glasses, contact lenses also make them more confident about their academic performance.

"Many studies have examined the effect of spectacle wear on self-perception and the perception of others, but the majority of this research has been conducted on adults," explains Jeffrey J. Walline, O.D., Ph.D., Ohio State University College of Optometry and leader of the Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment (ACHIEVE) Study, the largest randomized trial of its kind. "Research shows spectacles to be associated with poorer self-perception in adults if they were first worn during childhood. The ACHIEVE Study was designed to determine whether children who were dissatisfied with spectacle wear would benefit more from contact lenses than children who did not mind wearing glasses." Findings appear in the March issue of Optometry & Vision Science, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Optometry.

A total of 484 eight-to-11-year-old nearsighted children participated in the randomized, single-masked trial conducted from September 2003 to October 2007 at five clinical centers in the United States. Children were randomly assigned to wear spectacles (n=237) or contact lenses (n=247) for three years. Ch
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