Issue 27

Youth and contact lenses

Teenagers and young adults can be prone to risk-taking, erratic schedules and late nights, among other characteristics that can have an impact on safe and healthy soft contact lens wear. In this edition of Contact Lens Update, we teamed up with the Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY) study group to provide some guidance as to how best to approach patients within this age range. Heidi Wagner and Gina Sorbara provide an overview of what puts young adults at higher risk for contact lens-related complications; Debby Yeung reviews a 2011 article focusing on the risk factors and prevalence of non-compliant overnight wear; and read about the development of a practical tool for helping eye care professionals identify patients at risk for complications. Download our patient handout, which targets young people who aren’t sure how to care for their contact lenses when faced with the prospect of sleeping away from home unexpectedly.