More than half of frequent replacement contact lens wearers say they do not stick to their prescribed replacement schedule.
The findings, taken from a sample of 645 frequent replacement contact lens wearers, using an online, sponsor-masked survey, found that forty-three per cent of wearers of contact lenses prescribed for a two-week replacement said they replace their lenses as prescribed, with two per cent not replacing their contacts for ten weeks or more.
Just 36 per cent of wearers of contact lenses prescribed for monthly replacement said they replace their lenses as prescribed, with 14 per cent waiting ten weeks or more to change them.
Sheila Hickson-Curran, director of medical affairs at Vistakon, said: "The most surprising finding from this research is the percentage of patients who admitted to stretching lens replacement to eight weeks or more."
She urged contact lens prescribers to continually reinforce the importance of regular replacement and educate patients about the pitfalls of over wear on lens comfort, vision performance, and general eye health.
Vistakon is a subsidiary of consumer health care producer Johnson & Johnson it manufactures a range of Acuvue disposable contact lenses.
by Alexa Kaczka