Professional Articles

Please use the year list below to look at past professional articles.


Fadel D, Walsh K.. COVID-19, quando l'uso delle lenti è sicurio B2Eyes 2020;March. [ Show Abstract ]

Recentemente alcuni articoli di giornali sul possibile contagio da coronavirus tramite lenti a contatto e alcune organizzazioni sanitarie che consigliano il passaggio in questa fase agli occhiali anziché l’uso delle lenti a contatto sollevano facilmente la preoccupazione che l'utilizzo delle lac potrebbe non essere sicuro durante la pandemia da Covid-19. Questa inondazione di informazioni fuorvianti ha portato ricercatori di spicco nel panorama internazionale, da Canada, Regno Unito e Stati Uniti, a rispondere. Lyndon Jones, direttore del Center for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) presso l'Università di Waterloo (Canada), Philip Morgan, direttore di Eurolens Research presso l'Università di Manchester (Regno Unito), e Jason Nichols, vicepresidente associato di ricerca e docente all'Università dell'Alabama presso la Birmingham School of Optometry (Stati Uniti) e direttore editoriale di Contact Lens Spectrum, hanno fornito le seguenti informazioni sulla sicurezza dell'uso delle lenti a contatto.

Jones D. Myopia Management: What Are the Options? Optometric Management 2020;June [ Show Abstract ]

There have been alarming predictions regarding the rate of increase of myopia for the next three decades. Of particular concern is the predicted increase in high myopia, with reports that almost 10% of the world’s population will exhibit myopia in excess of -5.00 D by 2050. Given the abundance of evidence in the literature that shows myopia progression can be reduced, practitioners need to be proactive with their young patients and introduce the concept of myopia control as soon as there is evidence of a myopic refractive error. Additionally, practitioners need to be familiar with the treatment options available.

Jones D. Measure Axial Length to Guide Myopia Management Review of Myopia Management 2020;March 1. [ Show Abstract ]

Myopic patients must be managed and monitored closely. Myopia can no longer be considered as a benign refractive error, and it cannot be managed by traditional optical means. With the growing prevalence of myopia, and the increased risk of ocular pathology associated with high myopia, eye care professionals (ECPs) need to assess their patients for risk factors that may lead to its onset.

Jones D. What Myopia Management Is and What It Is Not Review of Myopia Management 2020;July [ Show Abstract ]

Almost without exception, a paper or article written about myopia starts with the alarming statistics and predictions regarding the prevalence of myopia worldwide. Globally, clinicians and researchers are hopefully well aware by now of the projection that by 2050, 50 percent of the world’s population will be myopic. While this traditionally sets the scene for the need for action to combat this epidemic, what exactly does the term myopia management mean, and how can it be put into practice?

Jones L. Contact lens comfort update 2020

Jones L. Myopia control update 2020

Jones L, Cerenzie A, Goodhew T, Morrison S, O'Grady T. Successfully integrating myopia management into your practice 2020

Morgan P, Jones L, Gifford K.. Orthokeratology for myopia control in Covid-19 era Optician 2020, August: 12-14 [ Show Abstract ]

The year 2020 was affectionately termed ‘the year of optometry’ but the new decade has brought numerous challenges to the profession as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has seen normal clinical practice greatly disrupted. As the lockdown begins to ease, many aspects of normal optometric and optical functions are being reconsidered.

Due to their application to the ocular surface, the use of contact lenses has faced particular scrutiny and some media reports have advocated the cessation of contact lens use despite the absence of clear evidence for an increased risk of Covid-19 infection or any increase of eye touching during lens wear. Indeed, a recent review of the literature found no relationship between lens use and Covid-19 infection 1 and a separate report indicated that coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes Covid-19) are unlikely to bind to ocular surface cells to initiate infection.2 Related to this, although there are a number of reports of conjunctivitis occurring prior to symptoms of Covid-19, 3,4 a United Kingdom report of over 20,000 hospital patients with the disease found that only 0.3% presented with conjunctivitis. 5 Although more work is required to fully understand this area and new information is becoming available daily, it appears that the ocular surface is not a major point of ingress for the virus 6 and overall, contact lens wear continues to be safe.

Professional bodies and regulatory agencies including the College of Optometrists, 7 the British Contact Lens Association8 and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 9 concur that there is no association between contact lens use and Covid-19 infection. However, all these groups stress the need for hygienic contact lens use at this time, a recommendation which in part may relate to the need to minimise the requirement for contact lens wearers to seek clinical advice at a time where optometric services may not be fully operational and other healthcare facilities are also offering a reduced service. Furthermore, contact lens wearers should ideally refrain from attending emergency departments where they may be exposed to the virus.

Morgan P, Woods CA, Tranoudis IG, Efron N, Jones L, Merchan B, Grupcheva CN, Jones D, Beeler-Kaupke M, Krasnanska J, Belova S, Ravn O, Santodomingo-Rubido J, Taste P, Malet F, Plakitsi A, Végh M, Erdinest N, Montani G, Itoi M, Bendoriene J, Ramos Gómez RL, Pintor R, Mulder J, Van Der Worp E, Lam W, Ystenæs AE, Romualdez-Oo J, Abesamis-Dichoso C, González-Méijome J, Gierow P, Pettersson LA, Hsiao J, Nichols JJ . International Contact Lens Prescribing in 2019 Contact Lens Spectrum 2020;35, January: 26-32 [ Show Abstract ]

Since the turn of the century, we have presented annual overviews of contact lens prescribing trends in Contact Lens Spectrum. The work was initiated to help eyecare practitioners who are active in contact lenses to benchmark their fitting habits against their peers as well as to provide context to researchers in the field working on next-generation products. The database of lens fits collected over this period now exceeds 400,000, and the information has been collected across 71 markets.

In each targeted market, we supply survey forms and request that practitioners complete generic information about the first 10 contact lens fits conducted after receipt. This fundamental approach has remained unchanged since the first survey was conducted in the United Kingdom in 1996, with only minor changes to the form to account for new products becoming available on the market. For example, an option for “anti-myopia” (now termed “myopia control”) lenses was introduced in the 2011 survey to allow us to track developments in that area.

The distribution of the survey form varies. Some markets continue to use paper forms with a reply-paid envelope; others distribute and collect the same form via e-mail or a web-based questionnaire. The work is coordinated in each market by national coordinators who are listed as co-authors of this paper.

The survey forms request information about the age and sex of each contact lens patient fitted in addition to data about the material, design, replacement frequency, and wearing modality of the fitted lenses; anticipated weekly usage; and care system type. Each fit is weighted based on the estimated annualized number of fits for each practitioner. The data are finally collated at both the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

van der Worp E, Wolffsohn J, Jones L. Dropping the dropout rate Contact Lens Spectrum 2020;35, May: 36-43 [ Show Abstract ]

A review of soft lens types and fitting strategies that can help reduce the dropout rate among soft lens wearers.

At the 2020 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), specialty lens topics from A to Z naturally dominated the program. However, soft lens fitting relating to all of its aspects is also one of the topics that the meeting covers, because the vast majority of contact lenses fitted worldwide are standard soft lenses, as confirmed by the annual Eurolens Research Survey published each year in the January issue of Contact Lens Spectrum.

Walsh K. Artificial tears: preserved or non-preserved, that is the question New Zealand Optics 2020;September, : 26-27

Walsh K, Jones L, Kojima R. Working smart: How to streamline your dry eye practice with new technology 2020