Treatment options

Elizma and Belia will evaluate your child’s visual system and make recommendations with regards to management of your child’s visual problems. Below we discuss a few treatment options:

Spectacles

When considering spectacles for children, it is important to consider a few factors, such as durability, weight, lens material and style.

At VDM Optometrists we only stock frames for children that are durable and comes with a manufacturing guarantee. We recommend frames with a spring hinge (which let the frame’s arms bend outward without breaking) and flexible frame materials, that can withstand the odd accident. Elizma and Belia will consider factors such as arm-length and style and nosebridge size, to ensure that the spectacles fit properly and comfortably,

We have a range of styles and colours, to suit every personality. Elizma and Belia might occasionally recommend a specific frame shape to assist treatment of certain visual conditions, such as a squint eye, but we encourage children to choose frames that compliment their personality.

The best lenses for children, are lenses that are lightweight and impact resistant. We also recommend an anti-glare coating to reduce glare caused by screens. All of our lens options come standard with a hard coat, to prevent scratches on the surface of the lens.

Contact lenses

At VDM Optometrists, we encourage contact lenses as a treatment option for children. The human eye can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age and studies have proven that children have a very small risk of contact lens related complication, if used as prescribed. Certain conditions, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or high prescriptions, might be better tolerated in contact lenses than spectacles.

A key factor in determining if contact lenses are safe for your child is evaluating how willing he or she is to wear contacts responsibly and take proper care of them. Often, a child’s success in wearing contacts depends on how motivated he or she is to wear them. Contact lenses also have the added benefit of boosting self-esteem.

There are different options available – from lenses that your child can wear daily for up to a month, to lenses that are discarded after a day’s use. Contact lenses can also be prescribed in conjunction with glasses and for certain activities, such as sport or drama.

Elizma and Belia will discuss the best option for your child.