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What would you do?

I’ve been reading up on the American Optometric Association (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section about tips for contact lenses. Of course, the answers all stem from peer-reviewed literature and science and other supportive facts, but it got me wondering – what do optometrists actually do in these situations? I will present some real-life scenarios over the course of the next few months to gauge some conversations about what you would do!

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Stephanie Woo
Associate Editor, Contact Lenses for 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.


  1. I would recommend much the same as you did. However I tell a patient NOT to touch the lens if it is dried out. They will disintegrate like a snowflake. Fully hydrate, (longer than you think) then pick it up, use a multipurpose cleaner, and then insert. I also suggest that the put a drop of artificial tear in their eye. If not available use the contact lens solution.
    Actually happens fairly often when people were wearing monthly or until they “wear out” lenses. Short weekends seem to cause the most problems.

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