Challenges to the new soft contact lens wearer and strategies for clinical management

Philip B. Morgan, Anna L. Sulley

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Soft contact lens discontinuations have a dramatic impact on the overall success of this form of vision correction, and evidence suggests that the reasons for contact lens cessation are different for new wearers than for established lens users. In descending order, these relate to vision, discomfort, handling, inconvenience/loss of interest, ocular health and cost. This paper considers the background and underlying evidence for these causes of soft lens discontinuation in new wearers, and presents clinical management strategies to minimise this phenomenon. Such measures can reasonably be expected to significantly reduce the number of contact lens discontinuations leading to happier patients, increased satisfaction for eye care professionals (ECPs), and greater success for both individual practices and the contact lens industry more broadly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101827
JournalContact Lens and Anterior Eye
Issue number3
Early online date17 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


  • Comfort
  • Cost
  • Discontinuations
  • Handling
  • Health
  • Inconvenience
  • Neophytes
  • Retention
  • Soft contact lenses
  • Vision


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