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Trends in the use of silicone hydrogel contact lenses for daily wear

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Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive
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  • 111300 Optometry And Ophthalmology
  • 111399 Optometry And Ophthalmology Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Contact Lens
  • Silicone Hydrogels
  • Daily Wear Lenses
  • Prescribing
  • Fitting
  • Survey
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Abstract

Although the first silicone hydrogel contact lenses introduced onto the world contact lens market in 1999 held approval for both daily wear and extended wear use, the latter modality was promoted much more heavily by the manufacturers. The first silicone hydrogel lenses specifically promoted for daily wear were introduced in 2003. Data that we have gathered from annual contact lens fitting surveys demonstrate an immediate increase in market share whereby this lens type now represents more than one-third of soft lens fits in the United Kingdom. The success of this lens category is attributed to the health and safety benefits of silicone hydrogel materials and the positive impact of lens manufacturers by way of the effective marketing and distribution of these products.

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