Impacts of the modern world on ocular surface

Bill Harvey takes an initial look at the highlights of the newly release TFOS reports on the impact of modern lifestyle upon the ocular surface

Figure 1: Daily disposables may have a role in overcoming a number of lifestyle challenges


Much of the advice we offer our patients is focused on meeting the challenges of everyday life. ‘Take regular breaks when using your computer’, or ‘try not to wear so much eye make-up when you plan on wearing your contact lenses’, may seem like common sense.  

More recently, you may have veered into newer areas of advice, such as ‘try spending more time outdoors’ or ‘have you thought about reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet?’ Whether common sense or not, the key question has always to be: is there any evidence to support our advice? 

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