GP Lens Care and Patient Education
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.
The ability to care for and handle rigid gas-permeable (GP) contact lenses properly depends on several factors. First, the patient must be provided with several methods of insertion and removal, and proficiency in these methods must be demonstrated before leaving the office. Second, the patient must be aware of the function of each solution in the recommended care regimen, the importance of performing each function properly and regularly, and the basis for which other solutions are not compatible with the particular material. Third, several methods should be provided to both educate the patient and reinforce the education. The patient must know the “do’s and don’ts” of the newest GP lenses; in other words, the patient must recognize the limitations of the lenses and the problems that can occur through noncompliance. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the ways in which these important factors can be satisfied, thereby enhancing the probability of patient success.
- Identify the functions of different lens materials and solutions available for gas permeable lenses
- Identify the care system routines
- Recommend one care system routine over another on a patient-by-patient basis
- Review and learn usual standards and procedures for dispensing GP lenses
- Demonstrate the ability to educate the patient on insertion and removal tactics and care and handling of the lenses