Twenty first century trends in silicone hydrogel contact lens fitting : an international perspective

Morgan, Philip B., Efron, Nathan, Helland, Magne, Itoi, Motozumi, Jones, Deborah, Nichols, Jason J., van der Worp, Eef, & Woods, Craig A. (2010) Twenty first century trends in silicone hydrogel contact lens fitting : an international perspective. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 33(4), pp. 196-198.

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Silicone hydrogel contact lenses were introduced into the market in 1999. To assess prescribing trends of this lens type since then, up to 1000 survey forms were sent to contact lens fitters in Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the USA each year between 2000 and 2008. Practitioners were asked to record data relating to the first 10 contact lens fits or refits performed after receiving the survey form. Analysis of returned forms revealed a rapid increase in the prescribing of silicone hydrogel lenses over the survey period. In 2008, silicone hydrogel lenses represented 36% of all soft lenses prescribed. The categorization of the majority of lenses prescribed as ‘refits’ is primarily attributed to the mass conversion of lens wearers from hydrogel to silicone hydrogel lenses. Silicone hydrogels may soon represent the majority of soft contact lenses prescribed.

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ID Code: 37682
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Contact lens, International, Silicone hydrogel contact lenses, Fitting, Survey
DOI: 10.1016/j.clae.2009.12.011
ISSN: 1367-0484
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
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 British Contact Lens Association
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2010 00:06
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:16

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