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Anatomical Structures and Soft Contact Lenses

Author: Debra Bennett, ABOC, NCLE-AC

Debra Bennett has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. The content and format of this course is presented without commercial bias and does not claim superiority of any commercial product or service.

Course Description

An excellent eye care professional (ECP) has knowledge of the anatomy of the human eye and shares this knowledge with patients. The course lays a strong foundation by presenting a detailed overview of transparent and non‐transparent structures, the refractive states of the eye, and other ocular functions that interact with or can be affected by contact lenses. Advanced information is presented regarding anatomical features that work well with or contraindicate the use of soft contact lenses. Suggestions of how to adjust for these anatomical features are given. 

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, ECP’s will be able to:

  • Assess the facial structures that benefit or contraindicate soft contact lens use
  • Identify certain dysmorphologic conditions that affect soft contact lens wear
  • Recognize contraindications that anatomy imposes
  • Define which infections are anatomically based and which relate to soft lenses
  • Compare patterns and stains to identify causes and suggest corrections of problems
  • Predict potential complications due to underlying physiological and lifestyle

Course Assessment

There is a 40-question test at the end of the course. A successful passing score of 80% is required on all ABO-NCLE continuing education courses in order to earn the designated number of credits. You will know your grade instantly after completing the course.