Baltimore Doctors on Contact Lens Compliance

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Baltimore Doctors on Contact Lens Compliance

Baltimore Washington Eye Center eye doctors reviewed new findings on patient compliance with contact lens care. New findings being published in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye suggest contact lens wearers do a poor job of complying with appropriate contact lens care. The findings are based upon two online surveys that were sent to just under 1500 randomly selected 12 to 39 years old wearers of silicone hydrogel and hydrogel soft contact lenses.

Important findings included the fact that almost half of the respondents did not hand wash with soap prior to lens insertion in the morning and removal at night. Even fewer-about 25%-said that they did not rub lenses with disinfecting solution. Refractive Services Director and Corneal Specialist at Baltimore Washington Eye Center Dr. Brad Spagnolo, comments that, “Although many of the disinfecting solutions on the market use words like ‘No rub’, studies still support the continued practice of performing manual cleaning with an index finger to reduce the risk of infection.”
Compliance with lens case care was equally poor or worse with 33 percent responding that they cleaned their cases monthly or less often. Further, most patients reported cleaning the cases with tap water. According Dr. Shari Strier, Clinical Services Director and Contact Lens Specialist at Baltimore Washington Eye Center, this practice can “increase the risk of ocular infections.” And, while lens cases should be replaced about once every 3 months, 48 percent said they replace the storage case once a year or less. Dr. Spagnolo agreed stating, “Unfortunately, we often find patients wear a set of lens much longer than is recommended, making them more likely to experience ocular discomfort. Perhaps more importantly, this habit may put them are greater risk for a serious eye infection.” Dr. Strier summarized, “We recommend that our contact lens wearers have annual eye exams. We stress to those patients the guidelines for good lens care and hygiene, including lens cleaning and replacement schedules.
If you or someone you know has questions about contact lenses, contact lens care or proper contact lens cleaning and disinfection they encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

The study was sponsored by VISTAKON, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Study Source: Hickson-Curran S, Chalmers RL, Riley C. (In Press). Patient attitudes and behavior regarding hygiene and replacement of soft contact lenses and storage cases. Contact Lens & Anterior Eye (2011)