Issue 54 | June 2020
Reflecting on dry eye disease research and practice three years on from TFOS DEWS II. With contributions from two TFOS global ambassadors, this issue of contact lens update delivers new and practical information for use with dry eye patients. Jennifer Craig, a member of the TFOS board of directors and vice-chair of the TFOS DEWS II workshop, summarises how the dry eye reports of 2017 have helped shape research and influence clinical practice. Her editorial provides useful clinical pearls along with sharing results of new research in the field. In the feature article, TFOS global ambassador Scott Schachter provides a useful reminder that the impact of dry eye disease on vision should not be overlooked, summarising key publications in three different patient groups. The conference highlight features work from both Jennifer and Scott that was presented at ARVO last year. Finally, this issue’s clinical insight reviews the use of preserved and non-preserved artificial tears.
- Editorial - New news since TFOS DEWS II
- Feature Article - Vision considerations in dry eye, contact lens and cataract patients
- Conference Highlights - New research on dry eye disease from ARVO
- Clinical Insight - Practitioner Reference: Preservatives and Dry Eye Disease
Issue 53 | March 2020
Sharing facts, dispelling myths, surrounding COVID-19 and contact lens wear. 2020, the year of vision has thrown a curve ball. In these unprecedented times we are all doing our best to navigate through the coronavirus global pandemic. This special edition of contact lens update has been produced to address the concerns and confusion that has arisen over the use of contact lenses during this period. Our editorial addresses these issues, sharing evidence-based advice from three global contact lens experts. Hand washing is a focus for both reducing spread of the virus, and for contact lens wearers in general. Best practice techniques are outlined in the feature article that reviews Desmond Fonn’s paper on the impact of hand washing on safe contact lens wear. The impact of a simple intervention to help avoid water when using contact lenses is shared in the conference highlight, and patient handouts are freely available in the clinical insight section. We trust this information is measured and helpful in helping you to advise and reassure your contact lens wearers over the coming months.
- Editorial - COVID-19 and contact lens wear: what do eye care practitioners and patients need to know?
- Feature Article - Hand hygiene is linked to microbial keratitis and corneal inflammatory events
- Conference Highlights - The effect of adding ‘no water’ stickers to contact lens cases
- Clinical Insight - Supporting good habits for contact lens wearers
Issue 52 | February 2020
A glimpse into the future of contact lens material technology. What are the new and innovative technologies that eye care professionals can expect to see in practice over the next number of years? This issue of contact lens update reports on a series of new innovations, illustrating one vision of the future as it relates to contact lens materials. OcuBlink co-founder and CORE research scientist Dr Chau-Minh Phan contributes two pieces. His editorial is a fascinating review on the possibilities for incorporating biosensing technology into contact lenses. He also reviews the brand new smart lens concept by Mojo Vision in the conference highlight. In the near future we can expect to see contact lenses designed to help treat seasonal allergies, with the feature article by Dr Alex Hui from the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney summarising recent work in this area. Finally, material innovations in scleral and OK lenses are addressed by Dr Langis Michaud, University of Montreal where he gives a number of pieces of advice that can be used in practice today.
- Editorial - Contact lens biosensors: Can we sense our tears?
- Feature Article - Management of ocular allergy itch with an antihistamine-releasing contact lens
- Conference Highlights - Beyond 20/20 vision: the Mojo smart lens
- Clinical Insight - Defining the GP material of the future
Issue 51 | December 2019
A review of practical tips and insights from the 2019 Canadian Dry Eye Summit. Held in Toronto, the second Canadian Dry Eye Summit saw a full house of Optometrists listen to, and ask questions of, recognised global experts in dry eye practice. This special edition of contact lens update reports on what was discussed at the two-day meeting, highlights key topics, shares practical tips on how to apply the theory to your practice, and reviews the use of symptom questionnaires. So read on to find out the highlights from Drs Laura Periman, Scott Schachter, Etty Bitton and Lyndon Jones among others. For those of you thinking about starting, or growing your dry eye practice, then see what Drs Trevor Miranda, Henry Reis, Euan McGinty and John Wilson shared from direct experience of their own specialist dry eye practices. Whether you are wondering where to start with dry eye, or looking to take your practice to the next level, this issue will give you new information you can apply directly to practice.
- Editorial - Canadian Dry Eye Summit: Conference review
- Feature Article - Canadian Dry Eye Summit: On the subject of nutrition
- Conference Highlights - Canadian Dry Eye Summit: Getting started in practice
- Clinical Insight - Canadian Dry Eye Summit: Questioning the questionnaires