September 2016
Volume 57, Issue 12
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2016
Internet Survey on Contact Lens Care
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Margaret Wang
    Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Vidhya Gunasekaran
    Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, India
  • Saba Nawazish
    University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Don Byongdo Kim
    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States
  • Victoria Phan
    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States
  • Christina Trinh
    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States
  • Gloria Wu
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   Margaret Wang, None; Vidhya Gunasekaran, None; Saba Nawazish, None; Don Kim, None; Victoria Phan, None; Christina Trinh, None; Gloria Wu, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science September 2016, Vol.57, 1493. doi:
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      Margaret Wang, Vidhya Gunasekaran, Saba Nawazish, Don Byongdo Kim, Victoria Phan, Christina Trinh, Gloria Wu; Internet Survey on Contact Lens Care. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2016;57(12):1493.

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Abstract

Purpose : Contact lens related problems are common in young people. We want to assess the internet demographic and their understanding of contact lens care.

Methods : A questionnaire of 10 questions created with Google Forms then posted on internet forums such as on Craigslist, Reddit, and Facebook. Informed consent was required prior to successful access to survey. Participants 18 or older were allowed to participate. Analysis was performed on Google Sheets.

Results : There were 733 responses. Range of correct responses 44.61%~91.68%. See table 1.

Conclusions : The majority of the responses suggest awareness of contact lens hygiene. However according to the literature, such high level of awareness, compliance may not match1. Despite the availability of the internet, 53.21% get information from eye MDs and optometrists. Thus, eye MDs and optometrists are important in the education of eye patients. This suggests that eye health literature may be funneled via eye MD and optometric practices.

This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2016 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Wash., May 1-5, 2016.

 

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