Rethinking Contact Lens aftercare *
Sunday 11 March 09:30 - 10:45
The evolution of the contact lens world over the past three decades has been remarkable, with dramatic improvements in material biocompatibility, better lens designs, simplified lens care systems and flexible and convenient modalities of wear. However, our approach to the aftercare examination remains conservative, with our general mode of practice rooted in the early, difficult years of rigid and hydrogel lens fitting. Perhaps it is time to rethink our approach to contact lens aftercare. Current evidence in relation to key aspects of contact lens aftercare, such as refractive status, vision, comfort, complications, patient education and compliance is examined. A revised approach to contact lens aftercare will be considered from a clinical perspective, as the basis of making a difference in the 21st century. Integrated into this presentation will be a series of entertaining aftercare scenarios featuring optometrist comedienne Sarah Morgan; these will be acted out on stage, in a special clinical setting, to highlight the issues being discussed. It is concluded that clinicians need to be flexible in respect of the recommended frequency of aftercare examinations, which can range from 6 months to 2 years, depending on a number of factors relating to the patient and lens type prescribed.
1. Practitioners will gain an understanding of the evolution of contact lens aftercare over the past three decades.
2. Practitioners will gain an appreciation of the rate of contact lens complications with modern modalities of lens wear.
3. Practitioners will learn about patient education and compliance issues relating to contact lens wear.
4. Practitioners will be challenged to contemplate more appropriate approaches to aftercare in a modern contact lens world.