CooperVision launches contact lenses 'for the digital age'

New monthly silicone hydrogel lenses help combat eye tiredness and dryness associated with the use of electronic devices

12 Oct 2016 by Robina Moss

CooperVision has launched its new monthly contact lens, Biofinity Energys, in the UK and Ireland. It has been designed to help alleviate the symptoms of digital eye fatigue.

Boasting a unique Digital Zone Optics lens design, alongside moisture-retaining properties, Biofinity Energys contact lenses are for all-day wear.

The company is highlighting that more than 90% of adults use digital devices for more than two hours per day and  seven in 10 adults experience symptoms of digital eye fatigue such as tiredness, dryness and redness.

However, Biofinity Energys contact lenses reduce that tired-eye feeling, while helping to keep eyes clear, white and healthy, according to CooperVision.

The new contact lens helps patients’ eyes to seamlessly shift focus between digital devices and offline activities with less effort and more comfort. After one week of wear, eight out of 10 digital device users agreed that Biofinity Energys lenses made their eyes feel less tired.

Two elements are at the heart of the performance of the new contact lenses. The Digital Zone Optics lens design integrates multiple front-surface aspheric curves across the entire optical zone.

The curves distribute power evenly, simulating more positive power in the centre of the lenses, helping to ease accommodative burden as wearers move their gaze from on-screen to off-screen and back with less effort.

The new lens also has Aquaform Technology, which attracts and binds water throughout the silicone hydrogel lens material (comfilcon A) to retain moisture and help alleviate dryness even during times of reduced blinking, which is common with the use of digital devices.

Long silicone chains optimise oxygen transmissibility, and reduced silicone content results in a low modulus for softness and flexibility, enhancing comfort and fitting versatility.

The lenses also incorporate a smooth, naturally wettable surface design with a special rounded edge to help reduce conjunctival interaction and improve wearing comfort.

CooperVision’s UK and Ireland professional services manager, Krupa Patel, said: “As a nation we rely on smartphones, tablets, laptops, in-car displays and other digital devices every day.

“Extended exposure to bright light, screen glare and longer periods of use can contribute to the issue of digital eye fatigue and symptoms can often be dismissed as ‘normal’ by patients who have become used to a digital lifestyle.”

She added: “The launch of Biofinity Energys offers practitioners a fantastic opportunity to address these needs with contact lenses that can make a meaningful difference in people’s everyday lives.”

The new contact lenses are available in the same material (comfilcon A, 48% water content) and parameter range as Biofinity sphere lenses, with a 8.6mm base curve, 0.08mm centre thickness at -3.00D, and 14.0mm diameter in sphere powers from +8.00 to -12.00.

The Dk/t of Biofinity Energys is also the same as Biofinity sphere, 160 at -3.00D.

For more information, visit the CooperVision website.


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