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Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2011 Feb;34(1):36-8. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2010.08.009. Epub 2010 Sep 25.

Soft toric contact lens prescribing in different countries.

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  • 1Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, and School of Optometry, Queensland University of Technology, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, Queensland 4059, Australia. n.efron@qut.edu.au


There have been significant improvements in toric soft contact lens design over the past decade. Data from our international contact lens prescribing survey were mined to assess recent trends in toric soft contact lens fitting. This survey was conducted by sending up to 1000 survey forms to contact lens fitters in Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the USA each year between 2000 and 2009. Practitioners were asked to record data relating to the first 10 contact lens fits or refits performed after receiving the forms and to return them to us for analysis. The data revealed a gradual increase in the extent of toric soft lens fitting this century. Excluding Japan--which had a consistently low rate of soft toric lens fitting over the survey period--soft toric lenses now represent over 35% of all soft lenses prescribed; it can be assumed that, on average (and again excluding Japan), all cases of astigmatism 0.75 D or less remains uncorrected among contact lens wearers. Toric lenses are fitted more to those who are older, full-time wearers and reusable lens wearers, and less to those wearing silicone hydrogel and extended wear lenses.

Copyright © 2010 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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