WORLDWIDE PATIENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF EYE HEALTH IN CONTACT LENSES

Title WORLDWIDE PATIENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF EYE HEALTH IN CONTACT LENSES
Author, Co-Author Louis Dias, Carol Lakkis, Brian Pall
Topic
Year
2013
Day
Program Number
135094
Room
Room 6C
Affiliation
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
Abstract PURPOSE:
Eye Health remains a top concern for Eye Practitioners fitting contact lenses. Yet, little is known about patients’ understanding of eye health and how that may vary across geographies. This investigation aimed to understand and compare patients’ perceptions of Eye Health among contact lens users across multiple countries.

METHODS:
A large survey of nationally representative contact lens wearers was conducted worldwide (n=8394) among 16-49 years old patients in US (n=1509), UK (n=1180), Russia (n=737), China (n=1559), South Korea (n=1509) and Japan (n=1900). The survey included questions such as what are patients top benefit priorities, how satisfied are patients with their eye health and how is eye health defined. Questions used either a 5-point “verbal” scale or an “agreement” scale. The self-reported responses were compared using a proportions-test.

RESULTS:
Patients reported that to “have the healthiest eyes possible” is a top priority out of 21 possible benefits. This was consistent across all countries and highest in Russia where 91% of patients agreed it was a top priority and lowest in Japan (59%; p<0.05). When asked to describe the “health of their eyes”, a large % of patients in US and UK stated that their eyes were “extremely or very healthy” (50% and 40%). However, this was much higher than the remaining countries (e.g., Japan =10%, China 11%; p<0.05 vs. US and UK). Finally, most patients seemed to associate “eye health” with an absence of an “eye infection” or quality of vision (“seeing well”). Absence of “eye infections” was especially high in UK (65%) and Russia (63%) while “seeing well” was high in China (61%) and Japan (52%).

CONCLUSIONS:
This investigation provided an understanding of prevailing patients’ perceptions of Eye Health. It also showed how perceptions may vary geographically. Finally, it identified key messages for Practitioners to care for their patients. Additional investigation into how these perceptions vary by gender and age is currently on going.

Affiliation of Co-Authors Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
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