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    Course Summary

    Decontamination of contact devices – Prof John Lawrenson & Hugh Breakspear (10:34)

    In 2010 the Department of Health published new recommendations on decontamination in relation to the risk of transmission of variant Creutzfedlt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). Consequently the College of Optometrists revised their guidance on the decontamination of contact devices. Professor John Lawrenson was involved in interpreting these recommendations and drafting the new College guidance. Here he speaks to Hugh Breakspear about the updated guidelines and what they mean for practising optometrists.

    First published in DOCET OQ78 (2011).

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      Learning objectives

      To provide listeners with:

      • An outline of the theoretical risks of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) from devices that come into contact with the front of the eye, including contact tonometers and reusable, trial contact lenses
      • An understanding of the recommendations made by the Department of Health and revisions made by the College of Optometrists to their guidance on the issue
      • An outline of what the changes mean for practicing optometrists

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        More information and references


        • Buckley RJ (2010) Decontamination. Optometry in Practice 11, 27-32

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