Frequent replacement and conventional daily wear soft contact lens symptomatic patients: tear film and ocular surface changes.

Abstract

We analyzed tear film changes, ocular surface tissue alterations and inflammatory conditions in Frequent Replacement Soft (FRS) Contact Lens (CL) or Conventional Soft (CS)-CL wearers suffering from eye discomfort, by applying complementary diagnostic tests. Our data suggest the following conclusions: i) eye discomfort symptoms begin after 1-3 years of successful wear, mainly in FRS-CL wearers; ii) tear film stability is affected by CL wear, mainly in FRS-CL wearers; iii) CL wear produces a subclinical moderate inflammation based on mononuclear cell recruitment in 3 out of 4 patients of both types of lenses; iv) CL wear induces dry eye conditions, more pronounced in FRS-CL users; v) discomfort symptoms, presence of subclinical inflammation, degree of dryness are not directly related to a clinical presentation of intolerance, mainly in FRS-CL wearers; vi) CL wear-related discomfort symptoms should never be underestimated, since a hidden inflammation or dryness can be present beyond an apparently good clinical picture.

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@article{Versura2000FrequentRA, title={Frequent replacement and conventional daily wear soft contact lens symptomatic patients: tear film and ocular surface changes.}, author={Piera Versura and B Bernabini and Alberto Torreggiani and Mauro Cellini and Roberto Caramazza}, journal={The International journal of artificial organs}, year={2000}, volume={23 9}, pages={629-36} }