- If you fit a patient with contact lenses for extended wear you should:
- make them aware that extended wear increases their risk of microbial keratitis
- teach them how to remove their lenses
- tell them the signs of possible complications to look out for and what to do in these circumstances
- ensure they attend for regular aftercare, and
- provide them with an out of hours contact number for emergencies and the number of the local eye casualty department.
- If the patient has extended wear lenses because of their disability and is unable to handle them, you must teach their carer how to remove the lenses. 126
- The frequency of contact lens check-ups depends upon factors including the patient’s:
- clinical status
- type of lens, and
- modality of wear.
- Because of the increased risk of complications, you should carry out contact lens check-ups for patients wearing lenses on an extended wear basis more frequently than those wearing lenses on a daily wear basis.
126 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians para 2.5 [Accessed 22 Oct 2017]