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50346 Contact Lens Wear: Non-compliance and Infection

Date: Tue 12/01/2021 - Thu 12/01/2023

Provider: Mivision

Optometrist Credits: 0.50 General Credits
Dispensing Optician Credits: 1 point.

Event Type(s): Online


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.


  1. Understand current knowledge about contact lens (CL) non-compliance risk factors,
  2. Be aware of how to manage CL non-compliance in practice,
  3. Understand current epidemiology of CL-related infection in Australia, and
  4. Realise the risk factors and burden of CL- related infection in Australia.
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