To investigate the manner in which contemporary soft contact lenses
differ in the distribution of optical power within their optic zones and establish if these variations affect the vision
of wearers or the prescribing procedure for back vertex power (BVP).
By using a Visionix VC 2001 contact lens power analyzer, power profiles were measured across the optic zones of the following contemporary contact lenses ACUVUE 2, ACUVUE ADVANCE, O2
OPTIX, NIGHT & DAY and PureVision. Single BVP measures were obtained using a Nikon projection lensometer. Visual performance was assessed in 28 masked subjects who wore each lens type in random order. Measurements taken were high and low contrast visual acuity in normal illumination (250 Cd/m2
), high contrast acuity in reduced illumination (5 Cd/m2
), subjective visual quality
using a numerical rating scale, and visual satisfaction rating using a Likert scale.
Marked differences in the distribution of optical power across the optic zone were evident among the lens types. No significant differences were found for any of the visual performance variables (p > 0.05, analysis of variance with repeated measures and Friedman test).
Variations in power profile
between contemporary soft lens types exist but do not, in general, result in measurable visual performance differences in the short term, nor do they substantially influence the BVP required for optimal correction.