Contact lens compliance amoung a group of young, university-based lens users in South India

Noushad, Babu and Saoji, Yeshwant and Bhakat, Premjit and Thomas, Jyothi (2012) Contact lens compliance amoung a group of young, university-based lens users in South India. Australasian Medical Journal, 5 (3). pp. 168-174. ISSN 1836-1935

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Purpose: To investigate the rate of compliance with the soft contact lens care and maintenance procedures with a focus on contact lens wearing habits, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and maintenance of lens care accessories in a group of young, university-based contact lens wearers. Methods: Two hundred and sixteen young soft contact lens wearers with an age range of 18 -22 years were selected conveniently from the student population of Manipal University, Manipal, India. After receiving informed consent from the participants, their level of compliance with contact lenses was assessed using a questionnaire. Results: The mean (±SD) age of the participants was 21.86±2.35 years. Out of 216 subjects, only 34% of the lens users were identified to be compliant with the least level of compliance observed in the maintenance of lens care accessories. Conventional users showed significantly (p=0.001) better level of compliance compared to disposable wearers and so did the users who acquired their lenses from clinicians (p=0.001) compared to over-the-counter lens receipt. The gender (p=0.496) and years of experience in contact lens use (p=0.142) did not show any statistically significant difference in the level of compliance. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that non-compliance with lens care procedures among a group of young, university-based soft contact lens wearers is common. The results indicated that all subjects had some degree of non-compliance and the least level of compliance observed in the care of lens accessories.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contact lens, compliance, lens care.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Optometry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 04:27
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 04:27

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