Use and misuse of cosmetic contact lenses among US adolescents in Southeast Texas.


Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA, [Email]


UNASSIGNED : Cosmetic contact lenses (CCL) are popular among adolescents, but incorrect use can harm the eye.
UNASSIGNED : This study assessed CCL hygiene behaviors among adolescents attending a Texas pediatric clinic. Anonymous surveys about CCL hygiene practices were administered to adolescents 13-18 years old.
UNASSIGNED : We found that 14% (53/392) of respondents had worn CCL, of which 83% were females. Over 70% reported first use at <15 years old. Knowledge about CCL was low and two-thirds of users had not been instructed on proper care. More than half stored them in water and did not rinse them with contact solution after removal. Over one-third wore CCL >8 hours/day. Moreover, 15% of CCL users reported borrowing someone else's CCL. Complications resulting from wearing CCL were common.
UNASSIGNED : This study highlights poor CCL hygiene among adolescents. These data demonstrate the need to develop interventions to educate adolescents on proper care and risks associated with CCLs.


contact lens complications,contact lens hygiene,cosmetic contact lens use,decorative lenses,

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