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Dispensing to Children

Author: Debra Bennett, ABOC, NCLE-AC

Debra Bennett has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. The content and format of this course is presented without commercial bias and does not claim superiority of any commercial product or service.

Course Summary

To fit a young, growing face with eyeglasses requires time and special attention. Additionally, the parents of a child must agree on the glasses chosen. This course will explain or refresh information for the eye care professional in correctly working with and fitting a child. Ocular deficiencies and problems will be explored with particular emphasis on age groupings. A review of phorias and tropias and the potential need for multifocals is discussed, followed by the methods for presenting multiple pairs and special treatments. The course concludes with information regarding sports eyewear and safety concerns.

Course Objectives

  • Identify why a child might need eyeglasses
  • Assess the types of ocular and practical conditions that influence a purchase of eyeglasses
  • Describe phorias, tropias, and other muscular conditions that might be treated with eyeglasses
  • Recognize the need for bifocal lenses when fitting a child
  • Define sports eyewear and safety needs for children
  • Apply fitting measurements and procedures more appropriate for children

Course Assessment

There is a 40-question test at the end of the course. A successful passing score of 80% is required on all ABO-NCLE continuing education courses in order to earn the designated number of credits. You will know your grade instantly after completing the course.