Characteristics of the pre-lens tear film during hydrogel contact lens wear

Young, Graeme & Efron, Nathan (1991) Characteristics of the pre-lens tear film during hydrogel contact lens wear. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 11(1), pp. 53-58.


The integrity of the pre-lens tear film (PLTF) is an important determinant of the clinical performance of contact lenses. The PLTF of eight hydrogel lenses, ranging from 36.5% to 85% water content, was assessed on six asymptomatic lens wearers in a randomized, double-masked experiment. Using a specular reflection technique, the thicknesses of the lipid and aqueous phases were found to be greater on lenses of higher water content. Water content was measured before and after 90 min wear using a hand-held refractometer. Non-invasive tear break-up time was also found to be greater for higher water content lenses. No association was found between lens dehydration and PLTF characteristics. The differences in PLTF noted in this study may help to explain the differences noted between some lenses in their rates of surface deposition.

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ID Code: 3374
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Contact Lenses, Hydrophilic, Tears/, physiology, Adult, Desiccation, Double, Blind Method, Female, Humans, Male, Optics, Random Allocation, Surface Properties, Water
ISSN: 0275-5408
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1991 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 06:56

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