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Dryness and Discomfort with Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses

Fonn, Desmond Dip.Optom., M.Optom., F.A.A.O.; Dumbleton, Kathryn M.Sc., MC.Optom., F.A.A.O.

Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice: January 2003 - Volume 29 - Issue 1 - p S101-S104
CONTENTS: SESSION IV: WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF THE EYELIDS AND TEARS IN CONTACT LENS SUCCESS?
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Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine whether symptoms of dryness and discomfort are experienced differently with silicone hydrogel lenses compared to conventional hydrogels, in symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects.

Methods. Thirty-nine symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects wore four types of lenses: Focus NIGHT & DAY (CIBA Vision), Focus DAILIES (CIBA Vision), ACUVUE 2 (Johnson & Johnson Visioncare) and Proclear Compatibles (CooperVision) contralaterally for 7 hours and rated comfort and dryness on a zero-to-100 point visual analog scale at 0, 1, 3, 5 and 7 hours.

Results. In both groups, no lens differences were found for comfort and dryness, but the comfort and dryness ratings of the symptomatic group decreased significantly (became worse) over the 7-hour period.

Conclusions. These results demonstrate that dryness and comfort is the same over time with silicone hydrogel as with the other three lenses.

Centre for Contact lens Research, School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Accepted October 22, 2002.

Address correspondence to: Desmond Fonn, Dip.Optom., M.Optom., F.A.A.O., Centre for Contact Lens Research, School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada. Phone: (519) 888-4892; fax: (519) 884-8769; e-mail: dfonn@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca.

This study was funded in part by CIBA Vision Corporation.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.