A Guide to Clinical Contact Lens Management

Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Management

Academy for Eyecare Excellence™
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Corneal foreign body staining

Foreign Body Tracking

Symptoms

  • May be asymptomatic
  • Discomfort (mild to moderate)

Signs

  • Characteristic superficial linear disruption to corneal epithelium
  • Typically unilateral

Etiology

  • Epithelial abrasion due to presence of foreign body under a lens, damaged lens, make-up brush, incorrect insertion/removal techniques

Prevalence

  • Occasional. More common with rigid lens wear

Differential Diagnosis

Management

  • Avoid predisposing environments
  • Use sunglasses or other eye protection when GP lenses are worn out of doors to keep wind out of eyes
  • Remove lens, leave out for the rest of the day
  • Re-teach insertion and removal
  • Replace damaged lens
  • Consider topical prophylactic antibiotic

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