Date: Thu 01/07/2021 - Sat 01/07/2023
Optometrist Credits: 0.25 General Credits
Event Type(s): Online
The management of contact lens discomfort (CLD) remains a challenge in clinical practice. Research indicates up to 50% of contact lens wearers experience CLD to some degree of frequency or magnitude.1 That number is concerning because, for more than two decades and despite major developments in contact lens materials and lens care systems, CLD has remained the single most common reason for contact lens drop out.2,3 Between 25 to 30% of contact lens wearers stop wearing their lenses within the first five years of lens wear4-6 with the number one reason being contact lens discomfort, especially towards the end of the day.3,5 If we could really crack CLD, how many of these dropouts could be avoided?
On completion of this CPD activity, participants should be able to:
- Appreciate the magnitude of contact lens drop out and identify key factors associated with contact lens discontinuation for established and new wearers,
- Understand the factors of a contact lens contributing to comfort, in particular friction, shear stress and wettability,
- Understand the influence of base curve on fit and comfort for soft contact lenses, and
- Understand the technology of Precision1 daily disposable contact lenses.