As a profession, we have seen the benefits of transitioning patients to contact lens modalities that are replaced frequently. Innovations in material technologies have allowed advanced designs, including greater oxygen permeability to provide a healthier, more comfortable wearing experience.
As a die-hard University of Kentucky basketball fan, I have watched many, many basketball games throughout my life. During these basketball games, I have cringed at a few of my favorite players because I have seen some of the players drop their contact lenses on the court, pick them up, put them in their mouths, and then put them right back in their eyes!
It is a constant challenge to be able to inspire patients to care meticulously for their lenses when life is easy, but what happens to that care when life gets hard? What happens when their schedules are upside down, and they are on the go? Travel influences how patients wear and care for their lenses—let’s look at the how, why, and most importantly, what we can do about it.
According to a recent report form the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are approximately 40.9 million adult wearers of contact lenses in the U.S.1 Numerous reports suggest that 16 to 31 percent of contact lens wearers discontinue contact lens wear and return to glasses.