Issue 46 | February 2019
Lids and contact lenses
The eyelids play an important role in contact lens wear. This edition reviews the interactions which occur between contact lenses and the eyelids, lid margins and Meibomian glands. Sowjanya Siddireddy’s editorial is a comprehensive review of our current understanding about the role of the eyelids in contact lens wear, and how they contribute to contact lens discomfort. Will Ngo reviews Siddireddy’s own paper on contact lens discomfort, the eyelids and tear film which concludes that significant differences in the eyelid margin and tear film exist between symptomatic and asymptomatic contact lens wearers. Andrew Pucker presented the results of a study examining the association between the health of the Meibomian glands and contact lens drop out at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in November 2018. The abstract of that presentation is shared in this edition. Brian Tompkins and Keyur Patel provide a practitioner view in the clinical insight section, sharing why they pay such close attention to the condition of the eyelids in their contact lens patients, along with the series of clinical assessments they perform.
- Editorial - Eyelids and contact lens discomfort
- Feature Article - The eyelids and tear film in contact lens discomfort
- Conference Highlights - Association Between Meibomian Gland Health and Soft Contact Lens Dropout
- Clinical Insight - Keeping a lid on dropout: a view from practice
Issue 45 | December 2018
Do commonly held beliefs surrounding the fitting of soft contact lenses limit fitting practices? This edition of Contact Lens Update tackles three common myths, reviewing the evidence and making recommendations for use in practice. Karen Walsh’s editorial takes a look at the numbers of contact lens wearers, reasons for drop out and overall opportunity for growth within the sector. Ultimately asking the question “how may long-held beliefs affect fitting behavior”? Lyndon Jones’ feature article reviews the evidence surrounding the fitting of daily disposable silicone hydrogels, and addresses the barriers that exist which prevent these lenses being recommended more routinely. Jill Woods addresses soft multifocal lenses, examining whether overall success rates and patient satisfaction are worth the effort of fitting. The final myth, tackled by Karen Walsh, concerns the need to fit low astigmats with soft toric rather than spherical contact lenses.
- Editorial - Myth or Reality?
- Feature Article - Myth 1: Daily Disposable Silicone Hydrogels – Necessary or Not?
- Conference Highlights - Myth 2: Fitting soft multifocal lenses is complex, takes up a lot of chair time and never meets patient needs
- Clinical Insight - Myth 3: It is not worth correcting low astigmats with toric contact lenses
Issue 44 | October 2018
Revisiting patient compliance
Common non-compliant behaviours, and the risks associated with them are reviewed in this issue of Contact Lens Update. Kelsy Steele’s editorial reviews the recent literature on compliance and provides tips to facilitate compliance within clinical practice. Hamdy Amrizal summarizes an American report on contact lens wearer demographics and risk factors for contact lens related eye infections. The interesting results of a recent poster by Erin Rueff are highlighted, and Keyur Patel shares tips from practice to help encourage patient compliance. *New practice resource* Download a new handout to use with your patients to help encourage safe contact lens wear.
- Editorial - Contact Lens Compliance: A Review
- Feature Article - Contact Lens Wearer Demographics and Risk Behaviors for Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections
- Conference Highlights - A Non-Clinical Study of Soft Contact Lens Compliance
- Clinical Insight - Contact lens cases: a view from practice
Issue 43 | September 2018
Contact Lenses & Kids
Can children wear contact lenses successfully? In this issue of Contact Lens Update, Padmaja Sankaridurg provides an overview of management, fitting trends, myopia control and the risk of complications; Mike Yang summarizes a recent review of research on the safety of contact lenses for kids; Rebecca Weng examines contact lens compliance in children. Download our patient handout on healthy contact lens habits for kids!
- Editorial - Children and contact lenses
- Feature Article - Are contact lenses safe for children?
- Conference Highlights - Relation between subjective responses to contact lens wear and compliance in children
- Clinical Insight - Patient handout: Good habits, healthy eyes for young contact lens wearers