Focal Points 2017 Module: Therapeutic Contact Lenses

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Focal Points 2017 Module: Therapeutic Contact Lenses

Focal Points 2017 Module: Therapeutic Contact Lenses

Traditionally, contact lenses have been thought of as an alternative to eyeglasses for the correction of refractive error. Contact lenses can also play an important therapeutic role in patient care. This Focal Points module highlights the aspects of therapeutic contact lenses and outlines how to select the appropriate soft contact lens for therapeutic use.

A basic familiarity with the principles of contact lenses enables clinicians to select appropriate situations when therapeutic contact lenses can be used, including supporting the corneal epithelium after trauma, and for use with eyelid dysfunction or anomalies, such as entropion, trichiasis and tarsal scars.

After completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the FDA labelling for lenses with therapeutic indications.
  • Understand and list the advantages and disadvantages of contact lens materials.
  • Select an appropriate soft contact lens for therapeutic use.
  • Describe the role of PROSE (Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem) treatment and scleral lenses in ocular surface disease.
  • Asses the need for use of prophylactic antibiotics with therapeutic contact lenses.

Author: Deborah S. Jacobs, MD

Consultants: J. Martin Heur, MD, PhD; Shahzad I. Mian, MD

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CME Information

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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