CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month

June 2005

Contact Lenses Today® is edited by Dr. Joseph T. Barr and the staff of Contact Lens Spectrum. This week, CLToday® reaches more than 10,000 readers in 74 countries.

UV Protection and Contact Lens Wear
UV Protection has become a buzzword for consumers and healthcare providers across all disciplines. A quick survey of young adults in my practice demonstrated a high degree of awareness of the reported dangers of sun exposure in regards to skin cancer but very little awareness of the potential risks of early cataract or ARMD from the same exposure. Many mothers would never dream of putting their children on the beach or on the field without sun protection and adults are purchasing sun lotions with higher SPFs in ever increasing numbers, but little thought is given to UV protection for our eyes. Informing patients that UV protection for their eyes is as important as UV protection for their skin and that it can be accomplished conveniently with contact lenses adds to the perceived value of that choice of correction.
--Thomas E. Griffith, O.D.
St. Albans, WV
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 eyecare practitioner for more information.

Report adverse contact lens reactions here: or call (800) FDA-1088.

Access a reporting form for complications you've seen that were a result of contact lenses dispensed without a valid prescription at the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's (ARBO's) Web site: Complete and send the form online or print it out and fax it to (866) 886-6164.

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