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Ultraviolet radiation-blocking characteristics of contact lenses: relevance to eye protection for psoralen-sensitised patients

Anstey, Alexander Vincent, Taylor, D., Chalmers, I. and Ansari, Ejaz A. 1999. Ultraviolet radiation-blocking characteristics of contact lenses: relevance to eye protection for psoralen-sensitised patients. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine 15 (5) , pp. 193-197. 10.1111/j.1600-0781.1999.tb00084.x

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Nine brands of contact lens marketed as “UV protective” were tested for ultraviolet (UV) transmission in order to assess potential suitability for psoralen-sensitised patients. UV-transmission characteristics of hydrated lenses was tested with a Bentham monochromator spectro-radiometer system. All lenses showed minimal transmission loss in the visible band. The performance of the nine lenses was uniform for ultraviolet B radiation with negligible transmission, but showed variation in transmission for ultraviolet A radiation. None of the lenses complied with UV-transmission criteria used previously to assess UV-blocking spectacles. Only two lenses had UV-blocking characteristics which came close to the arbitrary criteria used. The performance of ordinary soft and hard lenses was very similar, with negligible blocking of UV radiation. None of the nine contact lenses marketed as “UV protective” excluded sufficient UVA to comply with criteria in current use to assess UV protection in spectacles for psoralensensitised patients. However, the improved UV-blocking characteristics of contact lenses identified in this paper compared to previous studies suggests that such a contact lens will soon become available. Meanwhile, contact lens-wearing systemically sensitised PUVA patients should continue to wear approved spectacles for eye protection whilst photosensitised with psoralen.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
R Medicine > RL Dermatology
Uncontrolled Keywords: contact lenses, UV transmission, UV protection, PUVA patients
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0905-4383
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:38

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