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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