TRENDS IN SWEDISH CONTACT LENS PRESCRIBING 2017

  • Oskar Johansson Linnaeus University, Department of Medicine & Optometry, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Keywords: contact lens, Sweden, prescribing trends, survey

Abstract

ABSTRACT

 

Background: The purpose was to evaluate the trends of contact lens prescribing among Swedish optometrists in 2017.

Materials and Methods: A standardized survey form was distributed to Swedish optometrists using their professional organisations, optometry chains, direct email, and by hand directly. They were asked to fill out the form for the ten contact lens fits performed after receipt of the survey form. Information was collected regarding age and sex of patient, fit/refit, lens design and material, modality and solution prescribed.

Results: 57 forms were returned detailing 562 fits. The mean age of the patients was 37 yrs, and 65 % were female. 83 % were fitted for full-time wear and 27 % were managed as new fits. 94.7 % were soft contact lens fits and silicone hydrogel was the dominating material.

Conclusions: When compared with data from Norway and Denmark, it is evident that daily disposables are more popular in these countries (74 %), whereas in Sweden it is monthly replacements (58 %). Otherwise, the results are similar to what has been reported from other parts of the world.

 

Keywords: contact lens, Sweden, prescribing trends, survey

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Published
2019-07-15
Section
Scientific Article