Lid massage and symptoms of dryness in soft contact lens wearers

Shuley, Vicki L. & Collins, Michael J. (1992) Lid massage and symptoms of dryness in soft contact lens wearers. International Contact Lens Clinic, 19(5-6), pp. 121-124.

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We have compared the efficacy of an in-eye lubricant and lid massage (gently massaging the surface of the lens through the upper lid) in a group of 13 soft lens wearers who regularly suffer from symptoms of dryness. Subjects used each technique for 1 week in a crossover study and recorded in a diary the symptoms experienced, duration of relief from symptoms, and improvement in vision, and, at the end of the study, they made a choice of preferred technique. Most subjects found longest relief from symptoms following use of the in-eye lubricant; however, the majority preferred to continue using the lid-massage technique alone or in combination with the in-eye lubricant. At a follow-up 1 year later, the majority of subjects continued to use lid massage to relieve dryness symptoms. We suggest that lid massage can provide a useful supplementary technique for many soft contact lens wearers who experience symptoms of dryness. Author Keywords: Author Keywords: Dryness; contact lenses; lid massage; lens lubricants; tear

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ID Code: 1464
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Michael Collins, email:,.au
DOI: 10.1016/0892-8967(92)90039-G
ISSN: 0892-8967
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 1992 Elsevier
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 06:39

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