Fitting a child with contact lenses

Dennis Burger, OD, FAAO, specializes in custom contact lenses for adults and a large number of pediatric patients.

Orlando, FL-Are you ready for a fight?

When contact lenses are medically necessary in infants and young children, those lenses must go into the eyes. That's when you may find yourself in serious hand-to-hand combat with a 2-year-old.

Dr. Burger has crafted a niche for himself in a difficult but rewarding area. He specializes in custom contact lenses for adults and a large number of pediatric patients. In the process, he has made a name for himself with referring ophthalmologists in his community.

"I don't do a lot of cosmetic lenses; almost everything that I do is medically based," he said. "The kids I'm dealing with have medical indications for contact lenses. The youngest child I've fitted was 2 days old. I fit a large number of children under the age of 1 month who are pediatric aphakes."

Dr. Burger fits contact lenses for children who have aphakia, accommodative esotropia, intermittent exotropia, nystagmus, anisometropia, aniridia, and keratoconus, as well as children who have corneal scars or who have had corneal transplants.