1. Jun 27, 2019

Do Daily Disposable Contact Lenses Cause Less Damage to the Ocular Surface?

Daily disposable contact lenses were found to cause less damage to the ocular surface than reusable lenses, according to a new study in Cornea. They also resulted in less increased proinflammatory cytokine levels.

Researchers evaluated 71 individuals who were given daily disposable hydrogel contact lenses (n = 22), daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses (n = 25), and reusable silicone hydrogel contact lenses (n = 24). Tear function tests and inflammatory cytokine levels (IL-6, IL-8, IL-17A) were evaluated before and 1 and 3 months after use.

There was a statistically significant difference between groups in IL-6, IL-8, and IL-17A levels at 1 and 3 months. A statistically significant increase was also determined over time in IL-6, IL-8, and IL-17A levels in all groups.


Muhafiz E, Bayhan HA, Sahin S, Gocmen AY, Asian Bayhan S, Gurdal C. Evaluation of the ocular surface in different contact lens replacement schedules [published online ahead of print May 2019]. Cornea. doi:10.1097/ICO.0000000000001870.