It is difficult to feel much any sympathy for wearers of continuous contact lenses who complain that it is hard to remember when to change their lenses. If it’s that hard, go back to wearing normal ones you have to take out and clean each night or even daily disposables.
A recent report made shocking reading when it stated that many continuous wear contact lens wearers regularly kept their lenses in for longer than the maximum wear time.
This seems to be a real problem.
Continuous Wear Calamities
A study presented at the 2012 British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference showed that out of 680 US contact lens wearers, the average two week lens wearer wore lenses for an average of 19.9 days and the monthly lens wearers only changed lenses every 35.6 days.
Now, a few days here and there, you might be thinking, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that continuous wear lenses are only designed to be worn for so long. Wear them over their limit and you won’t be getting enough oxygen to your cornea. You’re risking eye infections and damage to your cornea.
An Electronic Solution
However, the survey also showed that if these same contact lens wearers were given an electronic reminder tool; they changed their lenses more promptly. The ACUMINDER Tool, developed by VISTAKON®, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. showed that: “After using the electronic reminder, two-week lens wearers reported that they replaced their lenses on average every 14.7 days while monthly wearers averaged 30 days. Of those surveyed, 90 percent agreed that the ACUMINDER Tool made remembering to change lenses much easier.”
“Two-in-three (66 percent) of survey participants believe that the ACUMINDER® Tool changed their wearing behaviour. By following instructions on proper wear and care, contact lens wearers are less likely to experience discomfort and lower their risk for infection or other serious complications such as microbial keratitis.”
Or, they could, you know, mark the date on their calendar. Or is that too low tech these days?