28.04.2011

New contact lens innovation showcased

New contact lens innovation showcased

By Martin Burns

The next generation of contact lens technology is being showcased after research at the University of the Philippines' College of Medicine led to the creation of a new product called Air Optix.

According to Ciba Vision, which has funded the research, the new lenses tackle three key issues affecting traditional hydrogel contact lenses, namely dehydration, discomfort and dirt, the Phil Star reported.

Dr Romeo Cayanan de la Cruz, clinical associate professor at the facility, commented: "The new-generation silicone hydrogel contact lenses have more oxygen content than water and promote greater breathability, making them less prone to dehydration and therefore provide more comfort than hydrogel contact lenses."

The lenses were created following the publication of research which showed that some people complained of discomfort when wearing certain lenses.

In a recent interview with Democracy Now, Dr Michio Kaku, a Japanese-American theoretical physicist, suggested that in years to come, contact lenses will be so advanced that wearers will be able to surf the internet without the need for a computer or mobile device.

by Martin Burns


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