Australian optometrists are invited to contribute clinical case studies and data on long term contact lens (CL) wear for potential inclusion in a special issue of the British Contact Lens Association Journal. The issue will be guest edited by Dr Nicole Carnt and Dr Maria Jesus Gonzalez from Spain’s IOBA, a world leading ocular surface research institute.
Dr Carnt, a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer at UNSW, said she was excited to be an invited guest editor for the Journal.
“I’ve had a 30+ years interest in healthy CL wear since being appointed research optometrist with Brien Holden Vision Institute in 1999. At that time, I was amazed to see spectacular ghost vessels in some long term CL wearers’ corneas when they were switched from thick HEMA lenses to more breathable silicone hydrogels. At BHVI we started seeing ‘Superior Epithelial Arcuate Lesions” (SEALs) from early versions of silicone hydrogel lenses, and for a time I was known as the ‘SEALS Queen’.”
Dr Carnt’s colleague, Dr Cheryl Skotnitsky, completed a PhD on two presentations of Contact Lens Papillary Conjunctivitis (CLPC) seen – the more mechanically driven ‘Local’, vs more immunological ‘Generalised’.
“In the 2000s, I was part of ‘The Staining Wars’ as we discovered incidence of corneal infection varied with different lens and solution combinations and time courses. I did my PhD on corneal infection, frustrated that while silicone hydrogels supplied oxygen and reduced severity of infection, they did not reduce incidence. Later I developed an interest in limbal stem cell dysfunction in CL wearers.”
For more information on submissions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.