Date: Tue 12/01/2021 - Thu 12/01/2023
Optometrist Credits: 0.50 General Credits
Dispensing Optician Credits: 1 point.
Event Type(s): Online
Number: 09 929 3273
According to a study published in 2019 in the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,1 99% of contact lens (CL) wearers have at least one behaviour that puts them at risk of CL-related eye infection. Despite the majority of eye care practitioners reporting that they provide lens care and lens wear recommendations almost all the time, about 40–80% of information is forgotten immediately, and almost half of the retained information is incorrect.
Australia boasts world leading researchers in risk factors for CL-related infection. Outstanding UNSW Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton authored The H Barry Collin Research Medal Lecture paper titled Contact Lens-related Corneal Infection in Australia, which was published in 2020. Her paper is recommended as essential reading for a eyecare practitioners globally.2 This CPD article contains evidence based information on how we may reduce risk by better understanding modifiable risk factors, and providing best practice advice for CL wearers.
- Understand current knowledge about contact lens (CL) non-compliance risk factors,
- Be aware of how to manage CL non-compliance in practice,
- Understand current epidemiology of CL-related infection in Australia, and
- Realise the risk factors and burden of CL- related infection in Australia.