Contact Lens Compliance With Ophthalmologists and Other Health Professionals

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Abstract

Purpose:

To assess the compliance with contact lens (CL) use among ophthalmologists and other health professionals, and to identify the main noncompliant behaviors.

Methods:

A cross-sectional, comparative study was designed for soft CL wearers. Twenty-five ophthalmologists, 24 medical doctors other than ophthalmologists, 20 nurses (health professionals), and 52 lay people (members of the public) subjects were included in the interview. The compliance rate for each behavior were determined and compared. Users were asked to rate their subjective use to calculate self-evaluation scores.

Results:

The compliance rate was found to be the highest among ophthalmologists; however, the difference was not significant (P=0.083). Although the level of compliance was not associated with the subjects' age, duration of lens wear, or wearing days per week (P>0.05), an association was found with the number of wearing hours per day (P=0.010). Increased wearing hours per day was found to increase the rate of poor compliance (P=0.010). Significant differences were found between the groups in storing lenses in fresh solution, lens wearing time according to the ophthalmologist recommendation, and follow-up visits according to ophthalmologist recommendation (P<0.001, P=0.036, P=0.001, respectively). Self-evaluation scores among ophthalmologists, health professionals, and the lay people were 7.56±0.86, 7.59±1.29, and 7.67±1.60, respectively, and no significant differences existed between the groups (P=0.930).

Conclusion:

No differences were evident between the groups in terms of good compliance with CL wear and care practices. As this result shows that compliance with CL wear and care practices is not only related to the level of knowledge, different methods should be developed to increase compliance.

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