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An evaluation of 1-day disposable contact lens wear in a population of allergy sufferers

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      Purpose: This was a multi-site, 128-subject, bilateral crossover study to evaluate subjective comfort and slit-lamp findings with 1-day disposable contact lenses in a population of allergy sufferers during periods when allergen levels were elevated. Methods: The study involved 1-month of single-use daily wear with a 1-day disposable test lens (1·DAY ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care) and 1-month of daily wear with subjects’ habitual lenses replaced to their usual replacement schedule. Pollen and mould counts were obtained for each site 1 week prior to the study and twice weekly throughout the study period. Subjective comfort and slit-lamp findings were recorded at baseline and after 1-month’s wear of each modality. Results: Sixty-seven percent of subjects agreed that the 1-day disposable lenses provided improved comfort when compared to the lenses they wore prior to the study, compared with 18% agreeing that the new pair of habitual lenses provided improved comfort. The 1-day disposable lenses showed greater improvement in slit-lamp findings from baseline than new habitual lenses. Conclusion: The use of 1-day disposable lenses is an effective strategy for managing allergy-suffering contact lens wearers.

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