6 contact lens wear and care habits for patients and ODs
Follow these three habits yourself, and advise your patients on another three
As a profession, we have seen the benefits of transitioning patients to contact lens modalities that are replaced frequently. Soft lenses that were replaced on a yearly basis were at one point in time the standard of care, but daily, two-week and monthly disposable contact lenses have quickly taken over the market. Innovations in material technologies have allowed advanced designs, including greater oxygen permeability to provide a healthier, more comfortable wearing experience.
CDC and lens care
However, poor compliance can negate many of the benefits that contact lens wear can provide our patients. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR),1 which reviewed Contact Lens Medical Device Reports and assessed the data for risk factors, outcomes, and any microorganisms identified. The report highlighted the need for ongoing education to our patients about proper contact lens wear and care habits.
According to the MMWR report, nearly one out of every five reports of adverse events described a patient who had a scarred cornea, needed a corneal transplant, or had reduced vision after a contact-lens related eye infection. The true proportion of contact lens-associated infections that result in eye damage unfortunately cannot be determined from the medical device report database.