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FEATURE ARTICLE The Daily Disposable Contact Lens Jacob r. lang, o.D., f.a.a.o., David l. Kading, o.D., f.a.a.o, a.o., mile Brujic, o.D and ledonna Buckner, fclsa introduction ledonna Buckner, fclsa t seems that everywhere I turn today, I hear the phrase “Go Green.” One of the first thing that comes to mind when I hear this is recycle. Recycle, reuse, repurpose! All great concepts, but then I think of my role as an eyecare professional. One of the fastest growing modalities in soft contact lenses is the one day disposable lens. Open a package, insert a lens, throw away the packaging immediately, then at the end of the wearing time— throw away the lens itself. This does not seem to match the concept of “going green.” But wait a minute, is that wrong? According to the website gogreencommercially.com/ go-greenfacts, the average American will dispose of 600 times their weight in garbage during their lifetime and about 33% of a landfill is comprised of packaging material. While I find this fact a bit disturbing, I also understand that there are times that it is necessary to choose the lesser of two evils. By this I mean, that in some situations, the health benefits of putting a clean, fresh lens in daily far outweigh the minimal contribution to the landfill waste. What are the benefits to the patient? Most importantly, a one day disposable lens offers a chance for the healthiest wear with the least chance of infection to a patient. Assuming the patient washes their hands (and of course, you will educate them as to how important it is for them to do so), they will be removing a pristine, bacterial and fungal free lens from a package and inserting it into their eye for a one time use. They will wash their hands before removing the lens (again, you will make sure they understand the importance) and throw the lens away at the end of their wearing time. Non-compliance with cleaning becomes a non-issue because solutions are not necessary. Allergy suf- I ferers have a very good chance to wear lenses successfully with this modality and patients who seem to be “klutzy” and frequently tear lenses have immediate replacements. So, who might you prescribe these lenses to? You can prescribe them to anyone that has a prescription compatible with the available parameters, but patients who will particularly benefit are as follows: n Non-compliant patients n Heavy depostitors n Allergy sufferers n Pediatric/teenage patients n Occasional wearers n Vacationers/campers n Dry eye Even though the one day disposable market is growing in the United States, we still trail many other countries and regions in prescribing this modality. I thought it might be interesting to hear the viewpoint of some eyecare professionals in the U.S., so the following U.S. optometrists offer their approach. lEdonna bucknEr, fclsa ledonna Buckner is a Virginia licensed Dispensing optician specializing in unusual contact lens fitting cases. she is a certified ophthalmic assistant, fellow of the contact lens society of america, Board of Director for the clsa and editor-in-chief for EyeWitness magazine. she has extensive experience as a speaker on contact lens subjects across the Usa. Presently, ledonna is the senior account manager, mid-atlantic region for Blanchard contact lenses and is responsible for day to day account management, account education and training and technical fitting consultation EyEWitnEss spring 2011 | c o n ta c t l e n s s o c i e t y o f a m e r i c a | w w w. c l s a . i n f o 3 http://www.gogreencommercially.com/ http://www.clsa.info http://WWW.CLSA.INFO

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