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Obsolescence happens. If you are not familiar with it, it is the act of becoming obsolete or out of date. With contact lens-wearing patients, the conversation we ODs have with them needs to center around obsolescence and how it is inevitable.
When a patient starts contact lens wear, regardless of how he wears his contact lenses, obsolescence will likely happen one way or another. Patients’ contact lens-wearing experience inevitably may come to an end.
In fact, as we all have seen in our practices, many times patients stop wearing contact lenses before age 42. In fact, only about 30 percent of all lens-wearing patients are wearing their lenses after they reach age 42.1 For them, obsolescence occurs far sooner than they may want.
Previously from Dr. Brujic and Dr. Kading: 3 tips to better fit keratocones with sclerals
1. Nichols JJ. 2014 Annual Report: Contact Lenses 2014. Contact Lens Spectrum. January 2015. Available at: https://www.clspectrum.com/issues/2015/january-2015/contact-lenses-2014. Accessed 11/15/17.
2. Riley C, Young G, Chalmers R. Prevalence of ocular surface symptoms, signs, and uncomfortable hours of wear in contact lens wearers: the effect of refitting with daily-wear silicone hydrogel lenses (senofilcon A). Eye Contact Lens. 2006 Dec;32(6):281-6.