WATERLOO, Ontario—Eyecare professionals can now access a free, fully-searchable database which includes descriptions, images and videos to help identify and manage contact lens related issues. Now under the direction of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education
(CORE), with significant enhancements and new content, the Clinical Contact Lens Management Guide
is designed to serve as an indispensable resource for established and new practitioners, as well as students.
The site lists conditions in four sections: cornea, limbus, conjunctiva and lid. Each entry is also cross-referenced by contact lens, signs, symptoms and biomicroscope categories. Clicking through, each item presents a detailed description of the condition, its signs, symptoms, prevalence, differential diagnosis, and management, along with photos and videos to aid in diagnosis and resolution.
“ContactLensManagement.com is intended to be an easy-to-use, compact summary and searchable reference for contact lens practitioners, covering both common and low-grade conditions as well as more rare and serious issues,” said Lyndon Jones, director of CORE. “Early response to its redesign and substantial new content indicates the site will likely see rapid adoption and widespread use worldwide in clinical and academic settings.”
First conceived in 1993, the Clinical Contact Lens Management Guide has been edited in its many forms by renowned professionals. Now, as a fully-independent resource hosted by CORE, and supported by an independent medical education grant from Alcon
, the site includes enhancements such as a rich search feature to help practitioners easily filter conditions by their presenting signs and symptoms.
New content includes instructional information on biomicroscope techniques, including unique CORE-produced, high-resolution videos designed to help optometry students, newly qualified optometrists and practitioners in developing markets.
The content will continue to be updated by CORE, with new information added over time. Later this year, practitioners can expect to see updated sections on Demodex along with incorporation of information from the recent DEWS II dry eye report.