Awareness of Contact Lens Care among Medical Students
Purpose: To determine the awareness of contact lens care among medical students.
Study Design: Cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Fatima Memorial Hospital College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore over a period of four months since 1st August 2012 to 30th November 2012. Materials and Method: Data was collected through a self-design questionnaire from 100 medical students of Fatima Memorial Hospital College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore. Questionnaires were distributed among those who used contact lenses presently or in the past. Questions were asked about contact lens hygiene and complications related contact lens usage. Gender, visual acuity and contact lens fitting etc. were independent variables. Students related to other professions and those who had eye problems but did not use contact lenses were excluded.
Results: In this study there were total 100 medical students whose ages ranging between 18-23 years and majority of them were females 96% (96); most of the students occasionally 57% (57) used contact lenses; awareness about contact lens solution was found in 96% (96) of students. However students have little awareness regarding contact lens case cleaning and use of enzymatic cleaner 68% (68) did never used enzymatic cleaner. The complications occurred in 69% (69) students with the use of contact lens.
Conclusion: Majority of the medical students were aware about the most of the cleaning and hygienic steps of contact lens care but majority of them were unaware about contact lens case cleaning and use of enzymatic cleaner therefore they faced eye problems.
Keywords: Awareness, contact lens, care, medical students