The session will look at how much the industry has evolved in recent years but how the aftercare offered is much the same as it was decades previously – suggesting it’s time for an overhaul of the way eye care practitioners structure their service.
Professor Morgan said: “The evolution of the contact lens world over the past three decades has been remarkable, with dramatic improvements in material biocompatibility, better lens designs, simplified lens care systems and flexible and convenient modalities of wear.
“However, our approach to the aftercare examination remains conservative, with our general mode of practice rooted in the early, difficult years of contact lens fitting. Perhaps it is time to rethink our approach to contact lens aftercare.
“Current evidence in relation to key aspects of contact lens aftercare, such as refractive status, vision, comfort, complications, patient education and compliance will be examined.
“A revised and flexible approach to contact lens aftercare scheduling will be considered from a clinical perspective; further to this, we will explore the importance of keeping in contact with our lens wearers in the early weeks after contact lens fitting to minimise drop-outs and maximise patient success.”