Contact lenses and travel: blessing or nightmare?

Bauer, Irmgard (2011) Contact lenses and travel: blessing or nightmare? Annals of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 12 (2). pp. 59-60.

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Abstract

A large number of travellers wear contact lenses. Generally, a lack of hygiene is one of the main causes of contact lens-related infections, especially microbial keratitis with potentially severe complications. During travel, inappropriate short-cuts to lens care, and changes to wear patterns increase the risk of infections. This paper identifies a travel health issue in need of more attention, illustrated by a wide range of practical problems that travelling contact lens wearers face. One possible solution for some travellers is suggested. The article concludes with the recommendation that travel health advice needs to consider real-life travel situations and, together with ophthalmological advice find acceptable and safe compromises in the use of contact lenses to ensure optimal eye health during travel.

Item ID: 18500
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: contact lens, microbial keratitis, travel medicine, ophthalmic, eyes
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ISSN: 1448-4706
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 02:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 80%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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