Ophthalmic Physicians Focus on Hispanic Children’s Quality of Vision Find 90 Percent...

Ophthalmic Physicians Focus on Hispanic Children’s Quality of Vision Find 90 Percent of Children Prefer Photochromic Eyeglasses

Children see better and experience greater peer acceptance with Transitions(R) Lenses


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Pinellas Park, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 21, 2004–Almost 90 percent of Hispanic children ages 10 to 17 years who participated in a 30-day crossover study wearing prescription eyeglasses with Transitions Lenses and regular, clear lenses preferred the benefits of Transitions Lenses over clear lenses. Transitions Lenses change from clear to sunglass dark when exposed to sunlight and block 100 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays and greatly reduce glare.

In the study “A Focus on Children’s Quality of Vision: Factors Affecting Eyeglass Lens Preferences,” optometric physician Madeline L. Romeu, O.D. and Susan Stenson, M.D., clinical professor at New York University School of Medicine in the Department of Ophthalmology, considered factors involving quality of vision, an increasing concern in vision correction in adults and children.

The study considered ocular comfort, convenience, peer relationships and self-perception. “In children as with adults, quality of vision involves minimizing eyestrain, protecting against impact, modulating light, and blocking UV rays. Those factors are as relevant to quality of vision as 20/20 on the standardized Snellen acuity chart is to quality of vision,” said Dr. Romeu. When asked whether they have trouble seeing in the bright sun when wearing their Transitions Lenses, 47 percent compared with 27 percent of clear lenses wearers said “no trouble at all”.

With 80 percent of learning coming through the eyes, comfort is important since children will be more likely to wear their glasses. Sixty-one percent of the group wearing photochromic lenses noted that their friends liked their glasses more than clear lenses; the younger children indicated greater peer acceptance of their photochromic lenses. “It is important that children feel good about themselves, if they do, they tend to keep their glasses on and not to lose them. Our participants felt they were ‘special’ and their friends thought they were really ‘cool’,” said Dr. Romeu. “Making sure their children see well, protecting their eyes against UV exposure and feeling good about their self-image was a priority for almost every parent involved in the study.”

The study also measured parental acceptance of photochromic lenses, 98 percent of the parents said they would definitely select photochromic lenses for their child in the future since they would only have to buy one pair of glasses and the children would be less likely to lose them.

Methodology:

This randomized trial involved two 30-day periods. In the first trial period, each child was randomly assigned to a trial pair of prescription eyeglasses with either clear lenses or Transitions Lenses. During the second trial period, the child was switched to eyeglasses using the alternative type of lens.

Participants:

The study enrolled 49 children: 25 girls and 24 boys. All were between the ages of 10 and 17, with 24 children in the 10-13 age group and 25 in the 14-17 age group. The children’s preferences were assessed using the Pediatric Quality of Vision Survey (PQVS).

About UV eye damage:

Cumulative UV exposure is linked to serious diseases of the eye, including cataracts and macular degeneration, two of the leading causes of blindness. Eyes need protection from the sun’s rays the same way that the skin does, especially young eyes since 80 percent of lifetime UV exposure occurs before the age of 18. Eyecare professionals recommend that patients wear glasses with built-in UV protection.

About the authors:

Dr. Madeline L. Romeu, O.D. is an optometric physician in private practice in West New York, New Jersey. Fluent in three languages, she has lectured in Mexico, Columbia and South America. Dr Romeu has an extensive background working with news media.

Dr. Susan Stenson, M.D. is a clinical professor at New York University (NYU), School of Medicine in the Department of Ophthalmology. In addition to her ophthalmology practice, she has an extensive background in clinical research on the topic of photochromic lenses, leading several published studies.

About Transitions Optical, Inc.

Transitions Optical, headquartered in Pinellas Park, was the first to commercialize successfully a plastic photochromic lens in 1990. The company is the leading supplier of photochromics to optical manufacturers worldwide. Transitions Optical offers the most advanced photochromic technology and the widest selection of lens designs, materials and brand names.

Transitions Lenses are the first and only prescription lens type with the American Optometric Association’s UV Seal of Certification and Acceptance.

For more information about the company and Transitions(R) Lenses, visit http://www.transitions.com.

Editor’s Note:

To schedule an interview with Dr. Romeu or to coordinate an interview with a Hispanic parent of a child who wears photochromic lenses, please contact Sarah Lora at 214-224-8404 or sarah_lora@dal.bm.com. B-roll and photos of Hispanic children wearing photochromic lenses is also available upon request.

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Ophthalmic Physicians Focus on Hispanic Children’s Quality of Vision Find 90 Percent of Children Prefer Photochromic Eyeglasses