Issue 30 | February 2016
Daily disposable lens wear may be on the rise in some countries, but is still not as widespread as it could be. In this edition of Contact Lens Update, Nathan Efron challenges the assumption that these lenses are more expensive for consumers and explains their benefits with respect to health and safety; Jason Nichols and Stephanie Cox outline the benefits of daily disposables for certain characteristics and circumstances; Kathryn Richdale summarizes a 2015 article describing the results of a study designed to evaluate the impact of daily disposable wear in adolescents; Robin Chalmers describes the results of a study designed to identify predictors for re-use and overnight wear of daily disposable lenses.
- Editorial - Why aren’t we fitting everyone with daily disposables?
- Feature Article - Daily disposable contact lenses and adolescents
- Conference Highlights - Predictors for misuse of daily disposable lenses in a large post-market surveillance registry – The TEMPO Registry
- Clinical Insight - The many uses of daily disposable contact lenses
Issue 29 | December 2015
Microscopic mites that live in some eyelash follicles, Demodex is a topic of growing interest for clinicians. In this edition of Contact Lens Update: Etty Bitton provides an overview of this topic, including presentation, clinical evaluation and management strategies; Sarah Farrant explains her approach to treating Demodex in her own practice; William Ngo reviews Isabelle Jalbert’s 2015 article on its prevalence in contact lens wearers in addition to presenting the results of a study designed to identify the most effective way to view Demodex in clinical practice.
- Editorial - Everything you wanted to know and were afraid to ask about Demodex
- Feature Article - Increased numbers of Demodex in contact lens wearers
- Conference Highlights - Enhancement of clinical observation of Demodex folliculorum
- Clinical Insight - Managing Demodex in clinical practice
Issue 28 | October 2015
There is good reason to be optimistic when it comes to the use of technology to support compliance with contact lens care guidelines. In this edition of Contact Lens Update, we provide an update on the most promising gadgets currently in development: Mark Willcox and Mohit Verma provide an overview of products that support compliance by detecting or inhibiting microbial contamination. Debarun Dutta explores the use of gold nanoparticles to identify ocular pathogens in contact lens cases as well as the antimicrobial efficacy of melamine-coated contact lenses. Of course, these products still require additional work, not to mention clinical testing. In the meantime, you can use our patient handout to help explain the best way to care for contact lenses!
- Editorial - Contact lenses and microbes – latest innovations
- Feature Article - “Chemical nose” for the visual identification of emerging ocular pathogens using gold nanostars
- Conference Highlights - Antimicrobial activity of cationic peptide Mel-4 covalently bound to contact lenses
- Clinical Insight - Patient handout: Cleaning instructions for contact lens wearers
Issue 27 | August 2015
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.
- Editorial - Targeted Patient Education for Young Adult Soft Contact Lens Wearers
- Feature Article - Characterization of patients who report compliant and non-compliant overnight wear of soft contact lenses
- Conference Highlights - Development of a Soft Contact Lens Risk Assessment Survey
- Clinical Insight - Patient handout: Don’t be casual with your contact lenses