Carbon dioxide permeability of contact lens materials

Ang, John H.B. & Efron, Nathan (1989) Carbon dioxide permeability of contact lens materials. International Contact Lens Clinic, 16(2), pp. 48-58.

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A dual chamber technique for measuring the carbon dioxide transmissibility of contact lenses is described, together with a method of calculating carbon dioxide permeability. The oxygen and carbon dioxide permeabilites of three hydrogel, 26 RGP, and one silicone elastomer materials were determined. The carbon dioxide permeability of hydrogels was found to increase with water content. Whereas the ratio of carbon dioxide permeability to oxygen permeability is 21:1 for hydrogels, it was found to be only 7:1 for RGP materials and 8:1 for the silicone elastomer. Thus, for a hydrogel and RGP contact lens of the same oxygen transmissibility, the carbon dioxide transmissibility of the hydrogel lens will be three times that of the RGP lens. This data will assist modelling of the ocular response to corneal acidosis resulting from retardation of carbon dioxide efflux by contact lenses.

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ID Code: 10936
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1016/S0892-8967(89)80078-1
ISSN: 0094-1840
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > 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 1989 Elsevier
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 16:30

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