Practice and knowledge of contact lens wear and care among female medical college students in kingdom of saudi arabia

Authors:Reem A. Alasiri, Wa’ad M. Alqulayti, Sara H. Neama, Israa A. Alsulami
Int J Biol Med Res. 2015; 6(4): 5240-5242  |  PDF File

Abstract

Aim: this study was carried out to assess the knowledge and compliance of contact lens wear and care among female medical students at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Method: The knowledge and practice related to contact lenses wear and care among female medical students of King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, was assessed through a pre-tested structured questionnaire. A total of 254 contact lens wearers participated in this study. All were female medical students who were aged between 19-25 years. Results: we found that 33% of female medical students are contact lens wearers, 36.6% of them were using contact lenses for cosmetic purposes and 34.6% for refractive purposes. There was a significant number (72%) of students were not informed about contact lenses complications by their contact lens prescribers. A large number of them had experienced some complications at some point during their usage such as dry eye 68.1% and red eye 45.3% also some experienced corneal ulcer 12.2%. Conclusion: Improper practice of contact lens wear and care even in educated users such as medical students could increase the risk of complications. Thus, a need for more education regarding proper practice of contact lens care to contact lens wearers is needed.