The 2018 year has presented impressive advancements in eye care technology and shows no sign of slowing down. Here are three top health trends in contact lenses for 2018.
According to the American Optometric Association, 45 million Americans wear contact lenses for vision correction. Out of these 45 million Americans, six out of seven admit to practicing poor contact care, increasing their chances of infection. This has encouraged researchers to find a solution to improve the way people wear and care for contact lenses.
- The 2018 Global Contact Lens Symposium is a much-anticipated, weekend-long conference and taste of heaven for researchers, ophthalmologists and others. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the future of specialty lenses. This year proved to be just as stimulating as years past. Some key insights included the recommendation for retailers to veer from a “one size fits all” mindset and to focus on marketing lenses that adjust to fit the individual needs of the patient. Another important takeaway was the FDA approval of daily disposable contact lenses that offer patient and doctor benefits. The contacts are cost-effective and comfortable.
- Smart devices are making their way into homes around the globe, and as this technology continues to grow at an impressive rate, we are not only able to use these devices for entertainment purposes but to improve overall health in multiple areas. In 2015, smart contact lenses received U.S. approval to begin monitoring intraocular pressure. Intraocular pressure is the pressure produced by the continual renewal of fluids within the eye. This study is important because smart contact lenses will have sensors to detect glucose levels in tears and intraocular pressure helping minimize vision problems for individuals. They anticipate these smart lenses will have other applications like cholesterol detection, sodium detection and alcohol detection. These electronic and wearable devices are capable of real-time monitoring of the human body.
- The third health trend of 2018 is the noticeable effort government officials are making to drive conversation surrounding vision care. Research suggests people have a lack of knowledge surrounding vision care and the importance of being proactive about vision health in all stages of life. These individuals are doing so by building up and funding programs to educate people of all ages on vision care and the way vision changes as you age. They are also actively backing studies around the U.S. like the one mentioned above.
As you can see, the contact lens industry is on a progressive track. However, contact lenses aren’t for everyone, so be sure to read this list of things you should know before making the jump from eyeglasses. Then schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.
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