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Red-Tinted Contact Lenses May Improve Quality of Life in Retinal Diseases

Severinsky, Boris; Yahalom, Claudia; Florescu Sebok, Tatiana; Tzur, Veronika; Dotan, Shlomo; Moulton, Eric Alan

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000761

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To determine the benefits provided by centrally red-tinted contact lenses on visual acuity, contrast sensitivity (CS), photophobia, and quality of life in patients with degenerative retinal diseases.


We evaluated the impact of centrally red-tinted hydrogel contact lenses on nine patients (aged 15 to 22 years) with severe photophobia and poor visual acuity. Each patient underwent a full eye examination with and without contact lenses, including visual acuity at distance and near, CS, eye movement recording for nystagmus, refraction, and a fundus examination. All patients completed a low vision–adapted VFQ 25–Version 2000 quality-of-life questionnaire.


Seven of nine patients demonstrated improvement in binocular visual acuity as well as improvement in CS with the tinted contact lenses. Subjectively, all patients described a major improvement in their photophobia both outdoors and indoors, as well as a marked improvement in quality of life.


Red-tinted contact lenses may dramatically improve visual functions, outdoor performance, and quality of life of patients suffering from retinal diseases. These lenses should be a part of the regular assessment in specialty clinics treating patients with low vision, glare, and photophobia.

*MOptom, FAAO




Department of Ophthalmology, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel (BS, TFS, SD); Michaelson Institute for the Rehabilitation of Vision, Department of Ophthalmology, Hadassah- Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel (CY, VT); and Pain/Analgesia Imaging Neuroscience (P.A.I.N.) Group, Department of Anesthesia, Boston Children’s Hospital, Center for Pain and the Brain, Harvard Medical School, Waltham, Massachusetts (EAM).

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