Author(s): Lim L, Tan DT, Chan WK
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Abstract PURPOSE: To evaluate the Bausch & Lomb PureVision contact lens as a continuous wear contact lens for therapeutic indications in a prospective open-ended non-randomized clinical trial. METHODS: Patients with a variety of corneal and ocular surface disease conditions presenting at the Singapore National Eye Centre who required therapeutic continuous contact lens wear were enrolled. Therapeutic indications included pain relief, corneal protection, and enhancement of corneal wound healing. Success or failure of specific treatment indications was assessed in all cases, with evaluation of lens performance and fit characteristics, and the presence of ocular complications or lens-related complications was noted. RESULTS: There were 54 patients (54 eyes), and the mean duration of continuous contact lens wear was 1.1 months. Conditions treated included post-surgical indications (n = 36) (post-keratoplasty or ocular surface transplantation, post-LASIK or PRK surgery) bullous keratopathy (n = 7), chemical burns (n = 3), epithelial abrasions or recurrent corneal erosion syndromes (n = 3), corneal perforations (n = 3), neurotrophic ulcer (n = 1), and corneal laceration (n = 1). For the indication of corneal healing (40 eyes), improved healing was noted in 38 eyes (96\%), with full healing occurring in 33 eyes (83\%). For pain relief (28 eyes), 27 patients (96\%) had considerable or complete pain relief, and the remaining patient reported partial pain relief. For corneal protection (21 eyes), lens wear was fully protective in all cases. The lens performance and fitting characteristics surpassed any previous therapeutic lenses used by the investigators. Complications related to contact lens wear were limited to one case of a culture-negative corneal infiltrate requiring cessation of therapeutic lens wear and one case of a loosely fit lens. CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that the PureVision contact lens exhibits good safety and efficacy when utilized as a continuous wear therapeutic lens. With the theoretical advantage of increased oxygen transmissibility reducing the risk of hypoxia-related complications, this new lens may be one step closer to the ideal therapeutic contact lens. The PureVision contact lens is now our primary bandage lens of choice in our corneal, external disease, and refractive surgery services.
This article was published in CLAO J
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology