Since pediatric dispensing requires a different approach and more specialist skills. Any errors in dispensing will have a more profound effect (like accelerating the progression of myopia) and children are not always able to communicate if something is uncomfortable or impacting their vision.
A child’s face is not just a scaled-down version of an adult’s face. There are various of anatomical differences which should be considered in the choice of frame.
The main differences are:
- Reduced crest height
- Larger frontal angle
- Widened splay angle (the angle of the pad bridge)
- Smaller bridge projection
- Smaller head and temple width
- Less pantoscopic tilt
A DCD can provide the ECP (dispensing optician or optometrist) with the most accurate and precise measurements in order to give the best possible fit, cosmetic appearance, and visual outcome. It will definitely provide a positive experience for the child.
A piece of equipment such as the visuReal Master can make the dispensing measurement process easy, fast, and efficient. Since there is only a small window of opportunity to try on frames before the child loses concentration.
Remember that, as with adults, one pair of spectacles often does not meet the child’s lifestyle requirements: sports, hobbies, light protection, safety, and use of digital devices–all should be considered and the appropriate frames and lenses recommended.