I spy with my little eyes: The essentials of paediatric dispensing

About the session

Dispensing well-fitting glasses for paediatric patients is of the utmost importance for their visual development and comfort. This hands-on workshop will consider the main facial differences between adults and children and how this should be reflected in the choice of frame that is dispensed. 

During this workshop, participants will consider three different paediatric case studies, and for each one, choose the appropriate frame and lenses, take the required measurements, and fit the frame onto a 3D printed head. The case studies will include paediatric conditions that require specialist spectacle fitting and complex prescriptions. 

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes and CPD information to be confirmed.


Jessica Gowing

Jessica is a Senior Dispensing Optician at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). She set up the dispensing service in June 2014 and has since become a specialist in paediatric dispensing. 

Jessica works as part of a multi-disciplinary team along with optometrists, ophthalmologists, and orthoptists, seeing children with a wide range of conditions and complex prescriptions. GOSH is one of only four craniofacial units in the UK and part of Jessica‚Äôs role involves dispensing to children with all types of ocular, facial and head shape abnormalities requiring specialist spectacle fitting.