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Extended Wear Indications
Patients who have a
history of dry eyes, microbial keratitis or blepharitis are poor candidates for
extended wear. High myopes and patients searching for a non-surgical alternative
to LASIK are among those likely to find success in this modality. Examine the
patient toward the end of his wearing cycle to determine the condition of the
lenses and to assess any problems that might be developing. Emphasize the fact
that just because a lens is FDA approved for a specific wearing schedule doesn't
mean the patient's eyes will tolerate that lens or schedule. Monitor compliance
by tracking the patient's contact lens purchasing patterns.
--Brad Giedd, OD, MS, FAAO & Kerry Giedd, OD, MS, FAAO
Contact Lens Wearers Not
Likely to Mention End of Day Discomfort|
In a recent VISTAKON®
survey of vision-corrected consumers, 63 percent of contact lens wearers
reported some end-of-day discomfort from wearing contact lenses. The most common
symptoms were eye dryness and lenses not feeling as comfortable as they did when
first put in. Those experiencing discomfort attributed it to a variety of
reasons, such as wearing contact lenses for too long, lack of sleep, windy
environment, climate and cigarette smoke.
However, less than a third told their Eye Care Professional about the
discomfort problem, underscoring the importance of asking specific probing
questions to uncover real issues among seemingly happy patients.
of day discomfort by prescribing ACUVUE® ADVANCETM with HYDRACLEARTM. You'll exceed
patients' expectations and hopefully keep them in contact lenses longer. (http://www.ecp.acuvue.com)
Report adverse contact lens reactions here: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/
or call (800) FDA-1088.
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