Hydrogel contact lens dehydration in controlled environmental conditions
PURPOSE: To ascertain the impact of environmental conditions on hydrogel contact lens dehydration. METHODS: Six young adult subjects wore an ACUVUE lens in one eye and a Proclear lens in the other eye for 200 minute sessions in arid, temperate, and arctic conditions, maintained in a purpose-built environmental chamber in an aerospace medical facility. Dehydration was determined by measuring lens water content before and after each session using a soft contact lens refractometer. Comfort of the lenses was assessed at the conclusion of each session. RESULTS: Lens dehydration was similar for the three environmental conditions (F2 = 0.3, P = 0.75). There was less dehydration with the Proclear lens compared with ACUVUE lens (F1 = 43.0, P = 0.001). No differences were detected with respect to lens comfort between the three environmental conditions (F2 = 2.0, P = 0.18) or the two lens types (F1 = 1.4, P = 0.29). CONCLUSION: Soft contact lens dehydration is unaffected by environmental extremes.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Hydrogel contact lens—Soft contact lens—Water, content—Dehydration—Comfort—Humidity—Temperature— Environment|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Optical Technology (111302)
|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 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins|
|Deposited On:||28 Nov 2007|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:29|
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