People with astigmatism are unaware of contact lens options, says survey

February 24, 2009

A survey conducted by independent research firm, Decision Analyst, and sponsored by Bausch & Lomb, found that four out of 10 consumers incorrectly believe that their astigmatism prevents them from wearing contact lenses.

Rochester, NY-A survey conducted by independent research firm, Decision Analyst, and sponsored by Bausch & Lomb, found that four out of 10 consumers incorrectly believe that their astigmatism prevents them from wearing contact lenses.

Two-thirds of the 3,287 people with astigmatism who were surveyed have never worn contact lenses and about half of those who have worn contact lenses in the past would be highly motivated to wear contact lenses if they were available to correct astigmatism.

"Even though soft contact lenses that correct for astigmatism have been available for nearly 30 years, significant advancements in lens comfort, vision, and wearing schedules have been made in the last decade,” said Carla Mack, OD, FAAO, director, Global Medical Affairs, Vision Care. “Contact lenses are a great corrective option for many individuals with astigmatism. Having the freedom from glasses, even if just occasionally, is something most everyone desires. Ask your eye-care practitioner if contact lenses are a good option for you.”

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