Effect of lens care system on silicone hydrogel contact lens wettability

Guillon, Michel, Maissa, Cécile, Wong, Stéphanie, Patel, Trisha and Garofalo, Renée (2015). Effect of lens care system on silicone hydrogel contact lens wettability. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 38 (6), pp. 435-441.


Purpose: The purpose was to compare the effect of the repeated usage of two care systems (one hydrogen peroxide cleaning and disinfecting system and one polyaminopropyl biguanide (PHMB) containing multi-purpose system) with silicone hydrogel contact lenses worn for three months on a daily wear modality. A specific aspect of interest was of the effect of the care systems on contact lens wettability. Methods: Seventy-four symptomatic contact lens wearers, habitually wearing either ACUVUE® OASYS® (n = 37) or PureVision™ (n = 37), constituted the study population. The study was a two-arm prospective, investigator-masked, bilateral study of three-month duration to evaluate the effects of CLEAR CARE® compared with renu® fresh™. The subjects were randomized to one of the two lens care systems. Contact lens wettability and surface cleanliness were assessed with the Tearscope and reported in terms of pre-lens non-invasive break-up time (PL-NIBUT) and visible deposits. Baseline assessments at enrollment were with the subjects’ own contact lenses worn for at least 6 h when using their habitual PHMB-preserved care system and at the dispensing visit with new contact lenses. At the follow-up visits, the contact lenses were worn for at least 6 h, and were at least 11 days old for ACUVUE® OASYS® and 25 days old for PureVision™. Results: The results obtained showed that: (i) with CLEAR CARE®, a significant improvement in contact lens wettability was recorded compared with the habitual care system at the three-month follow-up visit (mean median PL-NIBUT 5.8 vs. 4.0 s, p < 0.001). Further, with this same lens care system a significant increase in wettability was observed at the three-month follow-up visit compared with dispensing (mean median PL-NIBUT 5.8 vs. 4.5 s, p = 0.022). (ii) Whereas no difference in contact lens wettability was observed at dispensing between the two lens care groups (mean PL-NIBUT: 4.5 vs. 4.2 s, p = 0.518), a significantly more stable pre-lens tear film was observed with CLEAR CARE® than with renu® fresh™ at both the two-month (mean PL-NIBUT: 4.6 vs. 3.7 s, p = 0.005) and three-month (mean PL-NIBUT: 5.8 vs. 4.2 s, p = 0.028) visits. iii. With renu® fresh™, no significant differences were observed at the end of three months of use compared with either the habitual care system or the new contact lens solution (mean PL-NIBUT: 3 M 4.2 vs. Disp 4.2 s (p = 0.420) vs. enrolment habitual care solution 5.1 s (p = 0.734)). iv. With CLEAR CARE® significant increases in the incidence of surfaces free of both mucus (3 month 95%. vs. habitual solution 82% enrolment; p = 0.005) and lipid (3 month 87% vs. habitual solution 72% enrolment; p = 0.009) were observed. Conclusion: Significantly better contact lens wettability and surface cleanliness were achieved for ACUVUE® OASYS® and PureVision™ with CLEAR CARE® than with renu® fresh™ at the end of three months of use.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clae.2015.06.007
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Additional Information: ©2015 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.
Uncontrolled Keywords: care system,contact lens,silicone hydrogel,wettability,Ophthalmology,Optometry
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Published Date: 2015
Authors: Guillon, Michel
Maissa, Cécile
Wong, Stéphanie
Patel, Trisha
Garofalo, Renée

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