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Optometry

Daily disposable contact lens effectively used to refit contact lens dropouts

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Modern daily disposable lenses are a viable option for patients who are contact lens dropouts, according to findings from a recent study. These patients could be educated and encouraged to try this as an alternative option, said the researchers.

A 6-month, 3-visit study that recruited subjects who discontinued contact lenses within the past 2 years because of discomfort or dryness symptoms was conducted to determine the number of previous contact lens wearers who could be comfortably refitted into the daily disposable lens (delefilcon A, Dailies Total1). Participants were required to have Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED) questionnaire scores ≤3 and to be able to wear spherical study contact lenses. They completed a ±50 comfort visual analogue scale (VAS) at 1 month and a Likert questionnaire after 1 and 6 months of contact lens wear to understand the subjects’ experience.

All 60 subjects who were fitted with the study contact lenses were still wearing them after 1 month; 1 participant had dropped out by 6 months. Subjects had a median age of 24.0 years and were 71.7% female. Participants reported a median VAS score of 44.0 units at the 1-month visit, with all reporting a comfortable score. At the 1-month/6-month visits, 98.3%/93.2%, 86.5%/78.0% and 93.2%/91.5% of participants responded that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their vision, their end-of-day contact lens comfort and overall contact lens comfort, respectively. The same participants responded that they were very likely or likely to continue to wear the study contact lens at 1 (89.6%) and 6 months (80.7%) and to recommend the study lenses to a friend at 1 (98.3%) and 6 months (93.2%).

Reference
Lievens C, Pucker AD, Rayborn E, et al. Refitting contact lens dropouts into a modern daily disposable contact lens. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. March 3, 2024. doi:10.1111/opo.13299

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