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Allergy Patients—Allergies affect 30% of the population and between 70-80% have ocular symptoms. (Clinical Ophthalmology 2009:3 329-336). Although some patients experience more significant symptoms than others, many patients find that they have difficulty wearing their lenses during their allergic exacerbations. Unfortunately, allergens can accumulate on the surface of the contact lens and if not completely removed by the cleaning cycle, may reexacerbate allergic signs and symptoms. A new lens placed on the eye during allergy season in addition to proper pharmaceutical treatment when indicated, will bring relief to many allergy patients and will allow them to wear their lenses when allergic symptoms arise. Dry Eye Symptoms—Dry eye affects millions of Americans. Patients who have a decreased tear volume and quality may have their problem exacerbated by wearing lenses. An unclean contact lens surface can increase these symptoms. Single use lenses can minimize this and in effect help those patients wear their lenses longer and with greater comfort. Contact lens solutions can also increase dry eye symptoms. Fitting a patient with a single use contact lens eliminates the need for cleaning and disinfection solutions. Therefore, patients with dry eye symptoms can often wear daily disposable lenses with a greater degree of comfort than a lens that must be cleaned and disinfected and reused in the eye. david l. Kading, od, faao, fclsa Dr. Kading graduated from Pacific University college of optometry. His residency focused on teaching and fitting irregular corneas at the Portland Va hospital, oregon Health science University and Pacific University. He has two practices in the seattle area that emphasize corneal reshaping, Presbyopic, High cylinder, and irregular cornea contact lens fitting. He actively takes part in contact lens and solution research and lectures nationally on areas of contact lens, solution, and anterior segment disease. Piggyback Options—Patients who have a need for piggyback lenses are often frustrated with the complexity of their lens wearing options. They must clean and disinfect their rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses with one solution and then clean and disinfect their soft lenses with another solution. Utilizing a daily disposable simplifies the lens wearing experience for patients requiring this type of specialized fitting strategy. Part Time Wearers—Single use lenses are ideal for patients who desire to wear their lenses on a part time basis. For patients wearing a two-week or monthly replacement contact lens a couple of times a week, they will often overuse their lens because they easily lose track of the age of their lenses. When presenting options to part time wearers, become familiar with what the cost to wear a single use lens would be per day. This will effectively illustrate the value to patients of the convenience of utilizing a single use lens for part time wear. Conclusion Daily disposable contact lenses provide significant benefits for a number of patients. A number of factors need to be considered when selecting lenses and those discussed in the article are all things that both practitioners and patients desire when making a lens selection. As patients walk into the office consider whether single use lenses might be an option for them. milE brujic, od mile Brujic, o.D. is a partner of a successful five location group practice in northwest ohio. He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis in ocular disease management of the anterior segment and glaucoma. He contributes to a monthly column in Review of Cornea and Contact Lens and has been published in Contact Lens Spectrum and Optometric Management. He is active at all levels in organized optometry. Dr. Brujic educates eye care practitioners at the local, state and national level on contemporary topics in eye care. A Time and a Place There is definitely a time and a place for prescribing daily disposable contact lenses. As Dr. Lang, Dr. Brujic and Dr. Kading have illustrated in this article, strong arguments exist for one day disposable lenses and there are certainly many options for some very diverse prescription needs. As the eyecare professional, it is up to you to determine what is best for your patient. Even though the U.S. is not the leader in prescribing daily disposables, it seems that with the health benefits to the patient and the growing prescription options available, daily disposables will continue to be a growing modality. 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 7 http://www.clsa.info http://WWW.CLSA.INFO

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