CLs: Addressing core questions about sustainability

Alison Ng and Lyndon Jones explore the questions patients are asking about sustainability and contact lenses

From flushing contact lenses (CL) down the toilet, to debates over what can or cannot be recycled, the past five years have seen considerable global media coverage on the potential detrimental effects that CL wear can have on our environment, especially with the continued growth of daily disposable (DD) lenses.1

Many consumers are aware of how their habits can negatively affect the environment and make concerted efforts to make positive change to lessen their impact on the planet.

Some lifestyle modifications are easy to achieve but in CL wear, where challenges such as prescription ranges and availability, ocular health needs and a patient’s budget intersect, it can be difficult for patients to feel that CL wear is a green option.

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