“Contactology is an area in constant development”
The number of contact lenses’ users in our country is still well below some of the most advanced countries. We spoke to José González-Méijome, Madalena Lira and João Linhares, the “faces” of the contactology area of the Optometry course in the University of Minho (UMinho) – also protagonists in our October cover – about this issue.
“We don’t think it’s due to lack of knowledge and preparation, as we have some of the most well-prepared professionals at European level and some data show it, such as the percentage of toric lenses’ prescription where we clearly see the progression and high prescription capacity of national professionals. This is also the case with the high and rapid hydrogel silicone material adoption at the time of its unveiling. However, it is important that professionals see conctactology as an area in constant development, with continuous challenges and opportunities, which forces professionals to be constantly up-to-date, concerning not only the latest materials but also contact lenses’ geometry, adaptation techniques and maintenance systems, in order to continuously offer the best solution for his patient on-site, ensuring permanent ocular health and satisfaction. Only through this continuous and on-site contact can problems be predicted and the ones that eventually come up solved.
October 26, 2016