Remind patients to practice healthy contact lens habits during travel and vacations

Remind patients to practice healthy contact lens habits during travel and vacations

It's that time of year: spring break. And it's a good time for doctors of optometry to remind patients to bring along the right gear to properly manage their contact lens wear and care while having fun in the sun.

"It is important to educate young people that the risk of sight-threatening corneal ulcers and other contact lens-induced complications are higher for several reasons and therefore precautions should be taken."

"It's always exciting to look forward to that special vacation, notably those young people going south for warm weather at spring break," says Edward Bennett, O.D., M.S.Ed., past chair of AOA's Contact Lens and Cornea Section and professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. "However, it is important to educate young people that the risk of sight-threatening corneal ulcers and other contact lens-induced complications are higher for several reasons and therefore precautions should be taken."

Educate patients about healthy contact lens care

The AOA offers several resources that doctors can use to start the conversation:



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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has created a spring break contact lens toolkit with social media messages and graphics and links to key health promotion materials and messages. For additional information and resources from the CDC, click here.

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The AOA's CLCS provides timely clinical education, representation with state and national government agencies, a recognized and trusted voice to the public for information on contact lenses, anterior segment management and refractive technologies. Click here to join and find tools and resources related to the goals and mission of the CLCS

March 4, 2019

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