Silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact available

July 9, 2010

A new silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lens (1-Day Acuvue TruEye, Vistakon) is now available in the United States, after having been cleared by the FDA in June.

Orlando, FL-A new silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lens (1-Day Acuvue TruEye, Vistakon) is now available in the United States, after having been cleared by the FDA in June.

It is the first and only such contact lens available in the United States, according to the manufacturer.

The contact lens combines narafilcon B, which is a silicone hydrogel material, and proprietary technology (Hydraclear 1). It also offers the highest level of ultraviolet radiation protection in a contact lens, according to the company.

An ongoing 1-year, 94-subject, randomized, investigator-masked, parallel-group study compared eyes of patients wearing the new contact lens with eyes of patients who never have worn contact lenses. After the contact lens-wearing patients had worn the silicone hydrogel daily disposable lenses for 1 month, the contact lens was shown to have no significant effect on the ocular surface of the patients’ eyes compared with the ocular surface of the eyes of the non-contact lens wearers across five of six contact lens-related measures associated with eye health. In addition, the new contact lens was shown to provide high levels of comfort from morning to night, comparable with wearing no contact lens, according to the company.

“The data suggest that [the lens] can help maintain ocular health with the near ‘no-lens’ experience and keep the lens-wearing eye looking white and healthy, while also providing consistent comfort throughout the day,” said Colleen Riley, OD, MS, FAAO, vice president of professional development at Vistakon.