Original Article

Uncontrolled Selling of Contact Lenses


  • Cem Sundu
  • Erdem Dinç
  • A. Ayça Sarı
  • Özlem Yıldırım
  • Gülhan Ö. Temel

Received Date: 27.06.2014 Accepted Date: 24.10.2014 Turk J Ophthalmol 2015;45(3):102-104


To evaluate the opticians’ perspective about selling and applying contact lenses (CL) in the provincial centre of Mersin.

Ma­te­ri­als and Met­hods:

Twenty opticians who work in the 4 main districts in the provincial centre of Mersin were included in the study. A questionnaire form which was prepared before was filled out by the participants.


Seventy-eight percent of the opticians were selling CL without prescription, whereas 25% also carried out its fitting. Seventy-five percent of the participants did not get any education about contact lenses, while 65% of them were feeling themselves disqualified about CLs. Furthermore, half of the participants did not have enough knowledge about the complications associated with CL usage and 75% of them wanted to receive information about CLs.


As a result of the questionnaire, we found out that a significant part of the participants were both selling and fitting contact lenses without prescription. We believe that auditing the opticians is as important as educating the contact lens users.

Keywords: lens, uncontrolled selling, education

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