Symptomatology of HEMA contact lens wear

Brennan, Noel A. & Efron, Nathan (1989) Symptomatology of HEMA contact lens wear. Optometry and Vision Science, 66(12), pp. 638-838.


Identification of the determinants of patient symptoms is a requisite for successful patient management in contact lens practice. Symptoms reported by 104 patients wearing hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) contact lenses, who presented consecutively to a large contact lens clinic, were analyzed. Dryness was reported more frequently than the symptoms scratchy and watery (p less than 0.001). Females using oral contraceptives were more likely to experience the symptoms of scratchiness (p less than 0.01) and dryness (p less than 0.05) than females who were not using oral contraceptives. The symptoms dryness was reported more frequently by patients whose lenses were older than 6 months (p less than 0.05), and those wearing toric lenses (p less than 0.01). These findings will assist practitioners to anticipate those patients who are likely to develop contact lens-related symptoms and lay the foundations for a model of symptomatology during contact lens wear.

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ID Code: 3363
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Acrylates, Methacrylates, Contact Lenses/, adverse effects, Contraceptives, Oral/, adverse effects, Eye Diseases/, etiology, Adult, Dry Eye Syndromes/etiology, Eye Diseases/physiopathology, Female, Humans, Male, Questionnaires, Research Support, Non, U, S, Gov't, Sex Factors, Time Factors
ISSN: 1040-5488
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1989 Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:21

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