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

Authors Berenson AB, Chang M, Hirth JM, Merkley KH

Received 30 November 2018

Accepted for publication 10 January 2019

Published 7 February 2019 Volume 2019:10 Pages 1—6

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AHMT.S196573

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Alastair Sutcliffe


Abbey B Berenson,1 Mihyun Chang,1 Jacqueline M Hirth,1 Kevin H Merkley2

1Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA; 2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA

Background: Cosmetic contact lenses (CCL) are popular among adolescents, but incorrect use can harm the eye.
Methods: 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.
Results: We found that 14% (53/392) of respondents had worn CCL, of which 83% were females. Over 70% reported first use at 8 hours/day. Moreover, 15% of CCL users reported borrowing someone else’s CCL. Complications resulting from wearing CCL were common.
Conclusion: 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.

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

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