Improving the compliance of contact lens wearers to save vision

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Contact lenses are worn by over 130 million individuals worldwide. Poor hygiene is the most significant modifiable risk factor for infection, which affects 4 per 10,000 wearers per year. While 90% of contact lens wearers report receiving advice from practitioners, up to 80% do not perform basic hygiene steps such as washing hands before handling their contact lenses. Determining both the barriers and enablers of contact lens compliance is key to limiting vision loss from contact lenses. Based on these results, the project will design and test behaviour modification strategies to improve contact lens safety.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The successful HDR is likely to come from the optometric or ophthalmic field, with experience in contact lens practise. Some experience in qualitative research would be helpful but is not essential.
Supervisory team
Nicole
Carnt

Science
Optometry and Vision Science
Lisa
Keay

Science
Optometry and Vision Science
Kate
Faasse

Science
Psychology
n.carnt@unsw.edu.au