Comfort of fenestrated hydrogel lenses

Ang, John H.B. & Efron, Nathan (1987) Comfort of fenestrated hydrogel lenses. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 70(4), pp. 117-120.


A controlled, double-masked, randomized study was conducted on ten subjects to determine the effect of fenestration size on the initial comfort of hydrogel contact lenses. Four fenestrated lenses were tested, each lens containing four mid-peripheral fenestrations of the same size. The diameter of the fenestrations used in the four lenses ranged from 0.39 to 0.96 mm. An unfenestrated lens was also tested. All lenses were made of HEMA and were ordered with the following specifications: -3.00D, 14.0 mm diameter, 8.4 mm back central optic radius and 0.06mm centre thickness. There was a significant negative correlation between comfort and fenestration size, indicating that larger fenestrations are less comfortable. Even the lens with the smallest fenestrations (0.39 mm) was significantly less comfortable than the unfenestrated lens. The implication of this finding is that fenestrations may not be clinically efficacious in view of the poor comfort (and presumably increased mechanical effect of the fenestration edges on the tarsal conjunctiva) of fenestrated lenses.

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ID Code: 10921
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal from 1998 to 2005 can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
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Keywords: Fenestrations, hydrogel contact lens, comfort
ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1987 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:49

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