Patterns of fitting cosmetically tinted contact lenses

Philip B. Morgan, Nathan Efron

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    Cosmetically tinted soft contact lenses are an attractive option for contact lens wearers. Data that we have gathered from annual contact lens fitting surveys demonstrate that those wearing tinted lenses are more likely to be female (4.6% of all soft lenses fitted vs. 1.6% for males; p <0.0001) and younger (27 ± 11 years vs. 33 ± 13 years for those wearing non-tinted lenses; p <0.0001). Tinted lenses tend to be worn more on a part-time basis and are replaced less frequently than non-tinted lenses. The decline in fitting tinted lenses over the past 12 years may be due to (a) the current limited availability of tinted lenses in silicone hydrogel materials and daily disposable replacement frequencies, which together represent a significant majority (78%) of new soft lenses fits today, (b) growing concerns among lens wearers and practitioners relating to the risks of complications associated with the wearing of tinted lenses, and (c) reduced promotion of such lenses by the contact lens industry. © 2009 British Contact Lens Association.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)207-208
    Number of pages1
    JournalContact Lens and Anterior Eye
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


    • Fitting
    • Soft contact lens
    • Survey
    • Tinted cosmetic contact lens


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