By Martin Burns
A new product launch by a contact lens manufacturer will help to solve problems encountered by contact lens wearers during aeroplane flights, it has been claimed.
According to Alcon, its new range of Opti-Free EverMoist contact lenses solutions will provide travellers with an excellent way to ensure they benefit from enhanced eye comfort wherever they are travelling in the world, Optician Online reported.
The multipurpose, disinfecting contact lens solution can help to keep contacts moist for up to 16 hours, which helps to avoid the problems often associated with travelling in depressurised cabins with air conditioning.
According to Alcon, the solution is designed for use with the latest silicone hydrogel lenses and was formulated with HydraGlyde Moisture Matrix.
This is a wetting agent which acts separately from the tear film and so allows moisture to remain on the lenses in order to provide comfort.
Chris Millar, business unit manager at Alcon, told Optician Online that it will hopefully help to solve a number of issues.
He explained that discomfort affects some people when they fly and for many the new product will provide a solution.
However, as the new solution was designed with proprietary technology, it will help to provide wearers with great levels of all-day comfort, the expert explained.
The regular two-pack version of the solution will be packaged with a special flightpack over the summer, Alcon revealed, in order to benefit people who are heading away in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Nichola Menzel, professional relations manager for northern Europe at Bausch + Lomb, recently revealed that her company's new Biotrue flight packs will give wearers the opportunity to reduce both the number and size of any contact lens solution bottle they need to take away.
Another major benefit is the increased comfort offered by Biotrue thanks to its ability to match the pH of healthy tears using a lubricant naturally found in the eye, she added.
by Alexa Kaczka