However, when patients are not educated on proper handling, storage, and replacement schedules, improper use of contact lenses can lead to an increased risk of developing sight threatening infections and complications. An in-office, annual contact lens evaluation by a doctor you trust helps to ensure that your eye health is protected.
Unfortunately, there are some profit-only motivated companies who see a contact lens evaluation as a barrier to their sale, try to disrupt the doctor-patient relationship and downplay the risks of improper contact lens use.
Sadly, one of my patients recently developed a bacterial infection which caused him to require a corneal transplant. I have treated many others just like this patient. And, as is often the case with these types of adverse events, the patient had been purchasing contact lenses through an online retailer for 3 years without a valid and current prescription.Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino