Optometry Today reported on the latest breakthrough for Contamac, a manufacturer of contact lens materials, with the company receiving FDA approval for its Tangible HydraPEG coating.
This highly specialist technology essentially makes contact lenses more wettable, by covering the company’s Optimum gas permeable material in an incredibly fine layer of polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer.
More than two years of research have gone into the development of this coating, which Contamac claims will solve the problems of silicone hydrogel and GP lens comfort.
Martin Dalsing, director of global strategy and new business development at Contamac, told Optometry Today that his company was excited to be working in partnership with Tangible Science, who developed the new coating technology.
He added: “This long-awaited innovation has brought both speciality contact lens laboratories and practitioners a new tool to improve the patient contact lens-wearing experience and satisfaction.”
While contact lens wearers in the UK will have to wait for European approval to be granted to the new coating before they can slip a pair of these improved lenses in their contact lens case, they may also want to take note of another story about contact lenses to hit the news this week.
Opticians have issued a warning over coloured and other cosmetic contact lenses in the run up to Halloween, when people are expected to alter their appearance with fashion lenses.
The message from the British Contact Lens Association is that these lenses can have a negative impact on your eyes and wearing them may even lead to infections or corneal ulcers.