Contact lens routines "vary among age groups"

Contact lens routines "vary among age groups"

The routines of contact lens wearers can vary greatly among different age groups, according to a recent report into the way in which people look after their contacts.

Research carried out by the American Optometric Association (AOA) for its
American Eye-Q Survey and seen by Contact Lens Headlines shows that younger people are much better at following contact lens instructions closely than older wearers.

A bigger majority of people from Generation Y (born 1978-1994) replace their daily disposable contact lenses as directed and also store monthlies as instructed, compared with the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946-1964).

Generation Y were also found to be better than Generation X (born 1965-1977) and Baby Boomers when it comes to cleaning contact lenses, though the AOA said that every demographic could improve in this respect.

"Nearly one third of all respondents use rewetting drops to clean or disinfect lenses. Nineteen per cent of Generation X, twenty two per cent of Generation Y and eight per cent of baby boomers use water to soak or clean their lenses," the website reported the research as indicating.

Recently, research published in an issue of Optometry and Vision Science showed that the rub-and-rinse method is the best for cleaning soft contacts.

This test was found to be most effective for cleaning monthly contacts and other reusable variants and therefore is a good option for contact lens wearers looking for the best type of maintenance regimen.

by Emily Tait

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