CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month

March 2005

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Ensuring Safety with Contact Lens Wear
During the past 30 years of contact lens technology, the most limiting factor to the safe wearing of contact lenses has been oxygen. Without adequate oxygen, the metabolism of the cornea begins its downward spiral, resulting in reduced wearing time, conjunctival injection, corneal edema, spectacle blur and, for a few, corneal ulcers. With the advent of the new silicone hydrogels and high-Dk GP lenses, oxygen supply to the cornea has never been greater.
I offer these new lenses to my patients when lens parameters permit and they often return the favor with the referral of their family and friends for contact lens fitting.
-- Lonny Harrison, O.D.
Bethel Park, PA.

ACUVUE ADVANCE™ Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR provide 97% of all the oxygen that would be available if you weren't wearing lenses at all. However, there are many other valuable properties besides oxygen that may influence long-term corneal health, comfort and, ultimately, patient satisfaction. These properties include moisture, modulus (stiffness), UV protection, and lens design and fit. ACUVUE ADVANCE™ with HYDRACLEAR delivers all the oxygen benefits of silicone, while providing all day comfort, Class 1 UV protection†* and the fit and feel of a traditional hydrogel.
Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye.
WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. NOTE: Long term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV-Blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-Blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information.

ACUVUE, ACUVUE ADVANCE™, HYDRACLEAR and VISTAKON are trademarks of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. © JJVCI, 2005.

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