2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Relationship of Contact Lenses and Glasses Wear with Eye Health Practices among College Students
Kelly A. Durst
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

This research was designed to examine the relationship of contact use and glasses wear with yearly eye exams in college students. A 9-question survey related to overall eye health was developed and validated by a board-certified Optometrist. The survey was administered to members (n = 193) of introductory health classes. There was a significant relationship (n=194, r=0.552, p=0.001) between students who wear glasses and/or contacts and yearly eye exams. 75% of men (n = 72) and 78% of women (n = 123) rated maintaining eye health as a major concern. 60% of the sample currently wore glasses or contacts. Of those wearing glasses or contacts, 86% attended yearly appoints for vision checks, while only 33% of non-correction wearers maintained regular vision checkups. These findings suggest a variety of health issues including non-compliance with recommended contact lens use and increased chances of the occurrence of preventable eye diseases among college-aged individuals.

Keywords: Contact Lenses, Glasses, Eye Health

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-1
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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