Contact lens practice questionnaire launched

UK and Italian researchers collaborate on clinical study looking at impact of COVID-19 on contact lens practice

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Researchers in the UK and Italy have launched a study to investigate contact lens practice following the COVID-19 health emergency.

Led by academics from Aston University, the University of Milano Bicocca and Sapienza University of Rome, the study is asking UK eye care practitioners to take part in a questionnaire.

In a statement, the researchers explained that the results of the study will allow for a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19-related issues on contact lens practice and the factors that influence it. These results will help professionals develop strategies aimed at improving contact lens practice following the pandemic and at planning suitable safe practice, the researchers added.

Co-lead of the study, Fabrizio Zeri of Optics and Optometry, Materials Science Department, University of Milano-Bicocca, told OT: “During the COVID-19 lockdown phase in Italy, general concerns were raised about the restart with contact lens fitting in the reopening phase. With Stefano Livi of the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, we set-up two questionnaires to study the effect of Health Belief Models on the attitude of contact lens practitioners to restart with their clinical activity.

After that, in collaboration with Shehzad Naroo at School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, we translated the questionnaire to use in the UK in order to compare the attitudes in our two countries where the professional status of contact lens practitioners is different.”

To take part in the questionnaire, click here.