Spoliation and Clinical Performance of Monthly vs. Three Monthly Group II Disposable Contact Lenses
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Twelve subjects were fitted with a high water content, nonionic contact lens (Pilkington Barnes-Hind "Precision UV"), which was either replaced every month for 3 months or worn for 3 consecutive months before replacement occurred. Visual quality, high and low contrast acuity, and comfort were unaltered with either replacement schedule, but overall satisfaction was significantly greater with the shorter replacement schedule (p = 0.04). Front surface wettability revealed a large amount of intersubject variability and was reduced at the 3-month visit with the longer replacement period lenses (p = 0.003). Visible deposits also increased with longer replacement times (p < 0.05). Laboratory-based analytical results showed that both gross lipid and gross extractable protein significantly increased in the 3-month lenses compared with the 1-month lenses, with 44% less lipid accumulation and 60% less protein deposition occurring with the shorter replacement time. The results support the replacement of high water content lenses on a monthly basis.
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