Dr. Rueff received her Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Optometry. She completed the Cornea and Contact Lens Advanced Practice Fellowship and undertook her PhD at OSU. She joined the Southern California College of Optometry in 2018 as an assistant professor in the Cornea and Contact Lens Service.
Erin Rueff and colleagues shared the results of a study examining certain aspects of contact lens compliance at the 2018 ARVO Annual Meeting.
They surveyed 307 adult contact lens wearers about their soft contact lens replacement, overnight (ON) wear, and contact lens case compliance.
Relevance for practice
- Daily disposable wearers were most likely to be compliant with lens replacement – which reaffirms this modality is a good option to recommend to patients to help encourage compliance to the correct replacement schedule.
- Nearly 1 in 4 wearers reported overnight wear, with similar levels across all lens modalities, including daily disposable. In light of this, the eye care professional must be alerted to the need for additional patient education about the risks of sleeping in contact lenses.
- Nearly 3 out of 4 wearers were unsure when to replace their case, and this included subjects who were compliant in other areas of their lens wear. Patients require clear education and information about the correct case replacement schedule.
In the clinical insight of this edition of CL update, Dr Keyur Patel shares some real-life practice tips to help support patients achieve safe, compliant wear.