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Contact Lens Practitioner

A contact lens practitioner is an optometrist or ophthalmologist who has a special interest in contact lenses. Contact lenses are used for managing many eye conditions, including near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia or hypermetropia), astigmatism, keratoconus, and others.

Contact lens wear has been shown to be one of the safest forms of visual correction. Many people continue to enjoy the visual, cosmetic, and lifestyle benefits of contact lenses; some even allow continuous wear (day and night) for up to a month at a time. Contact lens technology continues to advance, and offers even better and safer vision correction.

Experience and research has shown that the most important factors in this success can be attributed to the specialised examination, lens design, instruction, and long term and regular follow-up care that qualified, registered, and experienced contact lens practitioners provide.

Nearly all contact lens problems/complications develop as a result of the wearers’ inadequate understanding of the importance of following lens care instructions and attending annual check-ups with their lens practitioner. These annual reviews offer an opportunity to receive advice about developments that may make contact lens wear even more comfortable and safe.

Sourced from: Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand

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