Care solution effects on contact lens in vivo wettability

Raied Fagehi*, E. Ian Pearce, Katherine Oliver, Ali A. Abusharha, Alan Tomlinson

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BackgroundThe aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of care solutions on contact lens in vivo wettability using Doane's interferometric technique.MethodsThirteen subjects (aged 26.6 ± 6.3 years) participated for contact lens wettability evaluation after soaking in five care solutions namely Opti‐Free EverMoist (now called puremoist), Opti‐Free Express (Alcon), COMPLETE (AMO), ReNu and Biotrue (Bausch & Lomb). A new pair of lenses was soaked in the solutions for eight hours (prior to wear) or taken directly from pack solutions (as control) and worn by the subjects. The total number of pairs of lenses tested was 13 by six (78 lenses; 13 pairs of lenses wetted in five care solutions plus the pack solution). Doane's interferometer was used to capture images of the pre‐lens film on a single type of contact lens, Acuvue Oasys (Johnson & Johnson). The lens in vivo wettability was evaluated after 15 minutes and eight hours of wear by each subject. Four parameters: onset latency, drying duration, maximum speed and peak latency were used to assess the lens wettability.ResultsAfter eight hours, the solutions showing significant reduction in contact lens wettability were the following. For onset latency: Pack solution, Biotrue Opti‐Free EverMoist and Express; for drying duration: pack solution, ReNu and Opti‐Free EverMoist; for peak latency; pack solution, Biotrue and Opti‐Free EverMoist. Regarding the maximum speed, lenses soaked in Pack solution, ReNu and Opti‐Free EverMoist showed a significant increase (worsening). The comparative study showed that there were significant differences among the performance of the care solutions.ConclusionThis novel thin film interferometric technique was able to measure, objectively, contact lens in vivo wettability, following the use of care solutions. COMPLETE was the only solution that showed no significant change in the lens wettability (with the all parameters) between the initial and the end of day.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-632
Number of pages10
JournalClinical and Experimental Optometry
Issue number6
Early online date8 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • care solutions, contact lens, in vivo, interferometry, wettability


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