Professional Articles

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

2021

Morgan P, Woods CA, Tranoudis IG, Efron N, Jones L, Grupcheva CN, Jones D, Beeler-Kaupke M, Qi P, Tan KO, Rodriguez Cely LM, Belova S, Ravn O, Santodomingo-Rubido J, Bloise L, Plakitsi A, Végh M, Erdinest N, Montani G, Itoi M, Bendoriene RL, Mulder J, van der Worp E, Ystenaes AE, Romualdez-Oo J, Abesamis-Dichoso C, Gonzalez-Meijome JM, Belousov V, Johansson O, Hsiao J, Nicholes JJ.. International contact lens prescribing in 2020 Contact Lens Spectrum 2021;36, January: [ Show Abstract ]

This article is our 20th consecutive annual report of international contact lens prescribing for Contact Lens Spectrum. The premise of the work is simple. As an alternative to asking a cross section of contact lens wearers about the lenses that they use and the basis on which the lenses are worn, we move upstream in the process and directly survey those who are fitting contact lenses in numerous markets around the world. This presents a more “leading edge” indicator of contact lens fitting habits; the lenses fitted today are those sold tomorrow. The aim here is to provide summary information for colleagues in clinical practice, industry, and academia about contact lens prescribing behaviors to inform their patient management, research and development, and educational curricula, respectively.

Patel K, Draper M, Bull Z, Walsh K. Contact lenses: So much more than simple correction of refractive error Optician 2021;Feb25-29

Walsh K, Jones L. COVID-19: A year in review and the impact on CL practice Contact Lens Spectrum 2021;36, February: E1-E6 [ Show Abstract ]

For everyone involved in eye care, 2020 was going to be a special year. The numerous “20/20” puns and articles circulating in January were full of hope and future-gazing. No one could have predicted the direction that the year would take and its resulting impact on the world at large and, for this audience specifically, on the delivery of routine contact lens care. As the end of this unprecedented year has finally come to pass, it feels right to pause and reflect on the last 12 months, to examine the journey that the profession has taken, and to summarize the situation. This article reviews what the profession has learned and asks whether enough is known to successfully navigate the months and years ahead. With no small amount of irony and a large nod to those aforementioned puns, does being approximately one year into the pandemic result in having a useful amount of “20/20 hindsight”?

Walsh K, Sulley A. Soft toric lens fitting practices not meeting patient needs Optometry Times Journal 2021;13, 2: 34-37 [ Show Abstract ]

The inclusion of astigmatic correction in spectacles is common practice. Outside of the need to reduce a high or previously uncorrected astigmatism to ease adaption, eyecare professionals (ECPs) routinely prescribe the full toric correction in spectacles. Historically, the lack of availability of consistently performing, comfortable soft toric contact lens designs resulted in different prescribing practices for astigmats compared to those wearing spectacles, with spherical lenses often recommended over toric lenses for low to moderate levels of astigmatism.

Modern soft toric designs are significantly different from early non-planned replacement versions of 20 or more years ago. Their overall performance—which includes ease of fitting, comfort, rotational stability, vision performance, and consistent manufacturing in a range of designs and materials—enables them to be fit successfully to a wide range of astigmatic patients.

This review provides an overview of current soft toric prescribing, comparing and contrasting different fitting practices around the globe, and explores patient expectations and the opportunities that exist to meet their needs.