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CONTACT LENS DISCOMFORT: WHAT IS IT, WHY DOES IT OCCUR AND HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?

Workshop report offers framework for getting answers

BOSTON, MA, October 18, 2013 - Contact lens discomfort (CLD) may be the leading cause of patient dissatisfaction with, and discontinuation of, contact lens wear throughout the world - but there is little agreement among vision researchers and eye care professionals about how to define and manage its causes.

" Up to half of all contact lens wearers experience CLD," explained Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry . " However, there is no global consensus concerning the definition, classification, epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management and the proper design of clinical studies for CLD ."

To lay the groundwork for defining and treating this widespread issue, the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society organized the TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort (CLD), which was chaired by Nichols. The findings were reported today in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (www.iovs.org).

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click here to read the the TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort Report