The behavior and characteristics of contact lens wearers among university students in health related areas

Cleusa Coral Ghanem, Ramon Coral Ghanem, Geann Wellington De Bortoli, Ester Sakae Yamazaki

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Abstract

Purpose: To study the behavior and characteristics of contact lens wearers involved in health areas. Methods: To conduct a survey among students of health related courses at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, in Curitiba, during the period from 23rd to 27th November 1998. A previously tested, self-applicable questionnaire was used to collect data. Results and Discussion: Among 1, 173 students, 207 (17.2%) used contact lenses, of which 78.3% were female and 21.7% were male. Twelve point one percent (12.1%) used rigid and 87.9% soft lenses, showing a progressive increase in the use of soft lenses when compared to previous national studies. Of the soft lens wearers, 57.6% used disposable lenses and of these, 88.5% did not follow the established standards for use and disposability. Of the total number of wearers, 37.7% reported ocular problems during contact lens use. Although 97.1% of the individuals of this study were fitted for contact lenses by an ophthalmologist, 14.2% obtained new lenses outside ophthalmologic clinics. On the other hand, 81% consulted an ophthalmologist one or twice yearly to check lens fitting. Recommendation: To reduce the number of complications and the discontinuance of wearing lenses, the user must be properly educated in the use of lenses and how to identify signs and symptoms indicating ocular problems as well as having this information in writing.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)123-127
Number of pages110
JournalArquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes

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