History and symptom taking in contact lens fitting and aftercare

James S. Wolffsohn*, Shehzad A. Naroo, Caroline Christie, Judith Morris, Robert Conway, Carole Maldonado-Codina, Neil Retalic, Christine Purslow,

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aim: To appraise history and symptom taking for contact lens consultations, to determine current practice and to make recommendations for best practice.

Method: The peer reviewed academic literature was reviewed and the results informed a survey completed by 256 eye care practitioners (ECPs) on their current practice and influences.

Results: The last eye-test date, last contact lens aftercare (for existing wearers) and reason for visit are key questions for most ECPs. Detailed use of contact lens questions are more commonly applied in aftercares than when refitting patients who have previously discontinued wear (87% vs 56% use), whereas questions on ocular and general history, medication and lifestyle were generally more commonly utilised for new patients than in aftercares (72% vs 50%). 75% of ECPs requested patients bring a list of their medication to appointments. Differential diagnosis questioning was thorough in most ECPs (87% of relevant questions asked). Attempts to optimise compliance included oral instruction (95% always) and written patient instructions (95% at least sometimes). Abbreviations were used by 39% of respondents (26% used ones provided by a professional body).

Conclusion: There is scope for more consistency in history and symptom taking for contact lens consultations and recommendations are made.

Original languageEnglish
JournalContact Lens and Anterior Eye
VolumeIn Press
Early online date26 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Contact lens and anterior eye. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Wolffsohn, JS, Naroo, SA, Christie, C, Morris, J, Conway, R, Maldonado-Codina, C, Retalic, N, Purslow, C & The British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE), 'History and symptom taking in contact lens fitting and aftercare' Contact lens and anterior eye, vol In Press (2015) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clae.2015.03.002


  • abbreviations
  • compliance
  • differential diagnosis
  • history
  • prescribing influences
  • risk factors
  • symptoms


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