African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 20, No. 2, 2020, pp. 768-774
Bioline Code: hs20045
Full paper language: English
Document type: Study
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2020, pp. 768-774
© Copyright 2020 - Khoza N et al.
Knowledge, attitudes and practices of contact lens use in a South African adolescent population|
Khoza, Nduduzo; Moodley, Therisha; Sokhulu, Sinenhlanhla; Sotyana, Ntombethemba O; Suliman, Aneesa; Hansraj, Rekha & van Staden, Diane
Background: Contact lens usage is becoming increasingly popular amongst young people. Assessing their knowledge,
attitudes and practices in relation to contact lens wear is therefore important, so that gaps in understanding or incorrect
practices can be rectified to promote continued safety and success of contact lens wear.
Objectives: This study aimed to assess and describe the knowledge, attitudes and practices of contact lens wearers aged 18
to 30 years, in the greater Durban area of South Africa.
Methods: A semi-structured questionnaire was used to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practice of the participants.
Results: Two hundred and forty six participants completed the survey. Young contact lens wearers in this sample generally
had poor knowledge with regards to appropriate hygiene and contact lens wear complications. Despite wearers exhibiting
a positive attitude with satisfactory hand hygiene and lens cleaning practices, important aspects such as lens case hygiene,
storage and lens removal practices were found to be unsatisfactory. Compliance with after-care visits was also unsatisfactory.
Conclusion: There is a need for contact lens practitioners to educate young contact lens wearers regarding appropriate
contact lens-related care, to promote long term ocular health and contact lens-related safety.
contact lens use; adolescent population; South Africa.