Issue 55 | September 2020
A dose of myopia
Evidence for dose-dependent responses and how to apply this in practice. Two globally recognised experts contribute to this issue on the subject of a dose-dependent response in myopia management. Mark Bullimore’s editorial reviews the recently published BLINK study, summarising key findings and making them applicable to practice. One of those findings relates to the strength, or ‘dose’ of the treatment used. Australian myopia control expert, Philip Cheng, takes this further in the feature article, reviewing evidence for that same link across a number of different myopia control interventions. He then draws on his considerable experience in the clinical insight section to demonstrate how to apply this evidence when recommending treatment for patients in practice. A dose-dependent response to atropine has been reported widely before, but JR Polling’s recent abstract, shared as the conference highlight, demonstrates once more, in a clinical population, just how this conclusion continues to hold true.
- Editorial - BLINK: Don’t Miss It
- Feature Article - Is a dose-dependent response common among a number of myopia control treatments?
- Conference Highlights - Atropine for myopia progression: high dose vs low dose in a real-world setting
- Clinical Insight - How to choose myopia management interventions for the child in your chair
Issue 54 | June 2020
New news since TFOS DEWS II
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
COVID-19 Special Edition
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