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Contact Lens Health Week Promotes Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care in USA.
Green shoots of new business come with Ortho-k.
BCLA Dry Eye Certificate - programme confirmed to start Oct 2017
Bournemouth tattooists turn to Ortho-k.

Contact Lens Health Week Promotes Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care in USA.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Optometry join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote healthy contact lens habits to protect sight

Both AAO's have joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its other partners to promote Contact Lens Health Week, August 21-25.

This year’s campaign theme is “Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes.”

These organizations are encouraging youth to start healthy habits early to help ensure a lifetime of healthy vision.

Contact lenses provide safe and effective vision correction for an estimated 40 million Americans. However, contact lens wearers risk infection if they fail to wear, clean, disinfect, and store their contact lenses as directed. Even non-sight threatening infections or inflammation can be painful and disrupt day-to-day life. Good hygiene, proper contact lens care, and regular follow-up care with your eye care professional are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy.

Eye care providers encourage patients to follow these guidelines for healthy contact lens wear.

• Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.

• Don’t sleep in your contact lenses, unless prescribed by your eye doctor.

• Keep water away from your contact lenses. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming.

• Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens disinfecting solution – never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.

• Replace your contact lens case at least once every three months. Rub and rinse your contact lens case with contact lens solution (never water) and empty and dry with a clean tissue paper. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.

• Give your eyes a rest. The cornea, the transparent tissue covering each eye, gets deprived of oxygen from being covered up all day by a contact lens. Starved for air, the cornea starts growing new blood vessels to compensate for the lack of oxygen. Over-wearing contact lenses can lead to problems such as eye inflammation and lipid deposits in the cornea, which can affect vision. Over-wearing can also increase the risk of infection.

• Sterilize the night before planned wear, if you wear contact lenses sporadically. Disinfecting solutions lose their efficacy over time, leading to microbial overgrowth in the case and on the lens.

• Decorative lenses must be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional. Colored contact lenses and Halloween-inspired designs are not costume jewelry. They require a prescription, just like regular contact lenses. Follow the same hygiene rules as regular contact lenses. Never use lenses that have not been approved by the FDA.

“Visit your eye care professional yearly or as often as he/she recommends,” said Thomas Steinemann, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Ask him or her about how to care for your contact lenses, and remove your contact lenses immediately and call your doctor promptly if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness or blurred vision.”

“While we focus on Contact Lens Health Week, it is important to remember that both patients and prescribers alike should maintain a year-round vigilance regarding eye health.

Nothing improves the safety of contact lens wear like the continual reinforcement of and compliance with proper lens wear, proper lens care, and proper patient follow up,” says Clarke D. Newman, OD, FAAO, Chair of the American Academy of Optometry’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies.

The CDC is hosting a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. The twitter handle, @CDCgov will co-host an hour-long chat with @NBCNewsHealth from 12-1pm (ET), using the hashtag #HealthyContactsChat.

For more information on Contact Lens Health Week and other resources about healthy contact lens wear and care throughout the year, visit

Green shoots of new business for Contact Lens Practitioners come with Ortho-k.

The green shoots of new business sprout with the introduction of Ortho-k, believes No7.

The successful formula of No’7s CET Ortho-k days has led many practices to introduce the overnight treatment for all ages from 5 to 85.

Myopia control in children is the driving message for many practices and the route to many referrals. Others are drawn to the ability to help dry eye patients, and sports men and women, who want to be glasses-free.

With an increase of 18% increase in uptake of No7’s Ortho-k lenses in the past year, it is a modality which is bringing success.


BCLA Dry Eye Certificate - programme confirmed to start Oct 2017, something to look out for in 2018.

BCLA Dry Eye CourseThe BCLA are pleased to announce the launch of a new education programme where eye care practitioners will now be given the chance to work towards a certificate in Dry Eye.

The new CET-accredited programme will be led by Professor James Wolffsohn, a committee Chair and harmoniser of TFOS DEWS II and contributed to by other key Chairs of this influential consensus report.

The programme will focus on clinical skills for Ocular Surface Health (OSH) and Dry Eye, allowing BCLA members to gain CET points while working towards a Dry Eye certificate or a higher level to lead to a BCLA Fellowship.

A BCLA Dry Eye Certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course. The certificate can be achieved by any optometrist or CLO (Contact Lens Optician) who attains six credits and a final OSCE style examination and those successful added to the popular Consumer 'Find a Practitioner' page on the BCLA site.

The six credits are available from five online modules and one relevant Dry Eye or OSH workshop, peer review or lecture (GOC approved validated with CE number). This certificate will need to be renewed every four years.

The programme is due to start in October 2017, and is completely free of charge once you join the BCLA. If you would like more information, please visit the website to register your interest and be the first to hear of any further updates relating to this programme.

Bournemouth tattooists turn to Ortho-k.

Bournemouth tattooists, Amy and Abigail, frustrated with wearing glasses, have turned their sights to Ortho-k which leaves them with a superb eye for detail.

Amy BillingAmy Billing and Abigail Rawlings, who are both established tattooists in the Bournemouth area, have been inspired to try Ortho-k by Richard Taylor, Optometrist at Raxworthy Opticians in Christchurch, Dorset.

Amy, 22, who studied Fine Arts, had looked at other options to correct her sight but is delighted with the results of Ortho-k –

“I looked at laser but with the cost it wasn’t an option. I saw this and thought it looked amazing.”

Amy, who has a prescription of -4.00 dioptres started using Ortho-k seven months ago and had immediate results -

“After the first night of wearing the lenses at night I was -1.00 dioptre in the morning, and after a few nights I had perfect vision when I woke up. I can work all day and even if I am out until 3am on a Saturday night I can put my lenses in late and still see well the next day.

“I hated wearing glasses as they always slipped down when I worked, and my contact lenses used to dry out as I was staring at the same point for a long time when I work. I can spend up to eight hours on a piece of work. It is literally the best thing I have done – to be able to wake up in the morning and see – there were so many things that were awkward or inconvenient with glasses.”
Abigail turned to Ortho-k when she saw Amy’s success –

“I decided to give it a go, even though my prescription is only -1.25 dioptres. I hated glasses and had problems with wearing contact lenses during the day, but these lenses are fine at night. Once my eye had moulded to them they go in perfectly. The results are brilliant for my work, and I recently went travelling in South East Asia and the elephants were splashing water in my face – I couldn’t have enjoyed that with contact lenses or glasses.”


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