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Specialty Contact Lenses

The New Super Contact Lenses

Silicone hydrogel material represents one of the most important innovations in recent history. They give unprecedented oxygen permeability to soft disposable contact lenses. Thereby decreasing most the complications that result from hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the front of the eye).

These lenses include: Biofinity, Focus Night and Day, O2 Optix, PureVision and Acuvue Oasys. These lenses are more permable to oxygen than water. Most patients love the new material.

Taking Care of Your Contact Lenses

A recent Fusarium keratitis outbreak brought a new awareness to contact lens solutions. We are all more aware that solutions and proper lens cleanings are very important. Two companies have tested their solutions extensively and reported them to the FDA. At this time, there are only four care systems that are FDA indicated for use with silicone hydrogels:

  1. Clear Care (Ciba)
  2. AQuify (Ciba)
  3. Opti-Free RepleniSH (Alcon)
  4. Opti-Free Express (Alcon)

Not all solutions work will with each silicone hydrogel contact lens. The optometrist will discuss the solution that is best for your contact lenses.

Lessons from the Fusarium Keratitis Outbreak

To prevent noncompliance and ensure healthy contact lens wear:

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling contact lenses
  • Wear and replace contact lenses according to the schedule your doctor recommended
  • Use the solution recommended by your doctor
  • Always use fresh solution
  • Keep contact lens cases clean and replace every 3 months