30. August 2012 10:57
According to several large-scale studies, dry eye is one of the most common reasons for switching back from contact lenses to glasses. On average, 40% of all contact lens wearers complain about the symptoms of dry eye (65% of them are mild ones) and the same proportion of patients discontinue using them because of dryness and discomfort.
A survey carried out among eye care practitioners has revealed that the preferred way of dealing with the issue of dry eye is refitting patients, usually to lenses replaced more often (especially daily disposable ones). A number of practitioners also recommend using topical lubricants.
As Dr Jason J. Nichols states in his recent article in Contact Lens Spectrum, it seems that there is a need to review the preferred treatment methods, because they are not reducing the number of patients discontinuing wearing contact lenses. First and foremost, the expert believes, the underlying cause of dry eye symptoms has to be diagnosed. Then effective treatment can be introduced, allowing the patient to continue wearing his or her contact lenses without any discomfort.