ArticleSelf-Evaluation of Contact Lens Wearing and Care by College Students and Health Care Workersde Oliveira, Paulo Ricardo M.D., Ph.D.; Temporini-Nastari, Edméa Rita Ph.D.; Ruiz Alves, Milton M.D., Ph.D.; Kara-José, Newton M.D., Ph.D.Author Information From the Faculty of Medicine (P.R.O.), Department of Ophthalmology (E.R.T.-N., N.K.-J.), and Clinic University Hospital (M.R.A.), University of São Paulo, Goiás, Brazil; and the Faculty of Medical Sciences (E.R.T.-N.) and Department of Ophthalmology (N.K.-J.), State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Accepted March 13, 2003. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. P.R. de Oliveira, Rua 118, n. 53, Setor Sul, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil, CEP 74085-400. Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice: July 2003 - Volume 29 - Issue 3 - p 164-167 doi: 10.1097/01.ICL.0000072829.76899.B5 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose. To identify perceptions related to the wear and care and of contact lenses and self-evaluation of the knowledge regarding their cleaning and disinfection. Methods. A survey was conducted by interviewing contact lens wearers among health care workers at a university hospital. Results. Two hundred one contact lens wearers were interviewed. The average age was 23.5 years; 69.2% were female and 71.1% were college students. Approximately 55% did not consider themselves good wearers and declared as the main reason the inadequate maintenance of the contact lenses and their cases. Regarding contact lens care, 79.1% of respondents admitted not performing it correctly. Conclusion. Although the interviewees were health care workers, their self-evaluation regarding contact lens care showed unsatisfactory knowledge and practices related to the use and care of contact lenses. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.