Easy on the Eyes
No more dry, itchy eyes to irritate you and put a damper on your plans. Alcon’s new daily contact lenses are said to be comfortable enough for you to wear all day and barely notice they’re there.
If you were to track a typical workday from the time you wake up to the time you hit the sack, odds are it will add up to 16 hours or more1. That’s 16 hours of near-constant eye exertion – a long stretch for anybody, especially contact-lens wearers for whom dryness and irritation can set in fast.
To avoid eye discomfort, many settle for shorter periods of wear or resign themselves to inconveniences. They tote eye drops around to re-lubricate their lenses several times a day. Some switch to glasses by afternoon, or avoid wearing contact lenses for a couple of days a week to “rest” their eyes.
Many even swop permanent or monthly contact lenses for dailies, which are said to be more comfortable and hygienic. But still, they hope for more breathable, comfortable ones that can last through a Friday dinner date or late-night party.
That is why Alcon’s latest Dailies Total 1 is just what you need. Using a new Water Gradient Technology2, these contact lenses are cushioned between two moisture layers that are between 80 per cent and almost 100 per cent water. And at their core, the lenses contain 33 per cent water within their flexible plastic material.
This moisturising effect is further boosted by Alcon’s SmarTearsTM technology3-5, which releases phosphatidylcholine – a phospholipid found in natural tears – to keep eyes lubricated. The brand’s tests also indicate that Dailies Total 1 lenses are six times more breathable* than the leading disposable contact lenses on the market6, allowing better oxygen flow to prevent dryness and redness.
And to take you from AM to PM in comfort, Dailies Total 1 lenses are designed to feel like virtually nothing on your eyes, staying as fresh and moist as unworn lenses the whole way through. So, really, all you have to worry about is remembering to take them off at the end of the day.
*High oxygen transmissible lenses, Dk/t=156@-3.00D. 1. Evaluation of the lubricity of Dailies Total 1 contact lenses after wear, Alcon data on le, 2014.
2. Angelini T, Nixon R, Dunn A, et al. Viscoelasticity and mesh-size at the surface of hydrogels characterized with microrheology. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013; 54: E-abstract 500.
3. Alcon data on le, 2009. 4. Pitt W, Jack D, Zhao Y, Nelson J, Pruitt J. Loading and release of a phospholipid from contact lenses. Optom Vis Sci. 2011; 88(4):502-506.
5. Ham B, Cole R, Jacob J. Identication and comparison of the polar phospholipids in normal and dry eye rabbit tears by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006;47(8):3330-3338. 6. Based on the ratio of lens oxygen transmissibilities, among daily disposable lenses. Alcon data on le, 2010. Alcon Dailies Total 1 is available at Grand & Straits Optical stores, Spectacle Hut stores, Ong’s Optics (#01-468, Block 498 Jurong West St 41), and Clarity Eyecare (#01-22A, 200 Turf Club Road).