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As we know, contact lens discomfort is the number one reason for contact lens dropout (followed by vision not being as clear and then cost). When patients come into my office and complain about discomfort, here are some questions I ask them:

  • Do you notice discomfort right away or only toward the end of the day?
  • When the weather is excessively hot or cold or windy, do you notice a difference?
  • Are you using any eye drops with or without lenses?
  • What solutions are you using?
  • How often are you disposing of your lenses?
  • Is this a new problem or have you noticed this for a while?

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Stephanie Woo
Associate Editor, Contact Lenses for odsonfb.com. Dr. Stephanie L. Woo was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she was trained to fit highly irregular corneas. She was the recipient of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and also the John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy. Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. She authored the Gas Permeable Lens Expert column in Review of Contact Lenses. She authored several articles for the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Woo currently co-authors the GP Insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum, and she is an active GPLI advisory board member. Dr. Woo currently serves as Vice President of the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Woo enjoys lecturing around the world on the subject of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Woo is in private practice and owns Havasu Eye Center, Parker Vision Care, and Blythe Vision Care.

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