Contact Lens Update Issue 74 Now Available
WATERLOO, Ontario, November 7, 2023—In response to increased clinical interest regarding how lifestyle choices affect the ocular surface, the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published a resource collection to promote greater understanding among the global eye care community and their patients. Issue 74 of Contact Lens Update expands on the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) Lifestyle Reports that were published earlier this year. The issue is available at no charge by visiting ContactLensUpdate.com.
“Multiple factors may affect the patient sitting in front of you. The World Health Organization has recognized that eye problems can be a result of our lifestyle choices,” said Lyndon Jones, director of CORE and a member of the TFOS Board of Directors. “The TFOS Lifestyle Workshop was created to address how different aspects of our modern lifestyles can affect the health of the ocular surface. The broad range of reports address topics including the impact of contact lenses, the type of eye makeup they are wearing, to the state of their mental health. Our work to increase practitioner awareness of these issues will improve patients’ lives.”
The TFOS Lifestyle Reports also provides information on digital eye strain and digital device use, and discusses how food, beverages, and elective procedures can affect the integrity of the ocular surface. Information in Contact Lens Issue 74 enables both practitioners and patients to increase their knowledge of how different aspects of life impact the ocular surface, and provides insights on modifications that can improve the overall quality of life.
Jennifer Craig, professor at the University of Auckland and Chair of the TFOS Lifestyle Workshop, provides an introduction to the reports in the issue’s editorial. Her overview summarizes some of the key clinical findings from the eight topic reports, which span contact lenses, cosmetics, the digital environment, elective medications and procedures, environmental conditions, lifestyle challenges, nutrition, and societal challenges. The summary helps practitioners narrow down important points of discussion that could be affecting the health of their patient’s ocular surface.
The feature article features a series of eight informative infographics that condense the TFOS findings into an easily accessible visual format. This provides eye care practitioners with a synopsis of the important findings from each report, before they delve into the full details found within the comprehensive reports.
This issue’s clinical insight is a two-page patient handout that provides take-home messages from each of the TFOS Lifestyle Reports. This serves as a way for practitioners to open the conversation into how lifestyle impacts our eyes, and empowers patients to take a proactive role in managing the health of their ocular surface.
Himal Kandel, a Kornhauser Research Fellow at the Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney, contributes the conference highlight. First presented as a poster at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2023 annual meeting, his study describes use of an international registry to examine factors that affect the quality of life in people with different types of dry eye disease and corneal neuropathic pain.
Published six times per year, Contact Lens Update provides a global platform for unbiased clinical insights based in current research. Since 2011, each issue has provided dependable and up-to-date ocular health information for more than 60,000 leading eye care professionals.
In addition to a complete archive of back issues, ContactLensUpdate.com offers a resource library that provides no-cost professional tools, patient resources, images and video. It also houses complimentary technical training videos produced by International Association of Contact Lens Educators, plus an industry glossary. Industry professionals can access the latest issue directly from ContactLensUpdate.com or quickly sign up for email receipt of future issues.
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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)
The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.