A Discussion of Redness Complaints with Bausch and Lomb Ultra10:00 PM
With any new products, there can sometimes be a few surprises. If you read my post about Bausch and Lomb's new monthly Ultra contact lens, you know that I found it exceedingly comfortable and a very exciting new option on the market. The overwhelming response to their launch of Ultra has been positive, with most patients reporting better initial comfort and less end of day dryness compared to other monthly lens options. But as more doctors began fitting the lens around the country, a surprising finding began showing up in a minority of lens wearers: redness.
|Staining grid studies are a controversial topic, but can raise some interesting discussions as to what solutions we should really be recommending to patients for the contact lens brand that they wear. We don't have information about Ultra yet, but perhaps it to requires a certain solution brand to perform at its best in a sensitive patient population. via|
UPDATE: I was at a meeting last night, and a culprit for the redness complaints has been found! Issues were isolated to a single manufacturing plant, where they found that too much NaCl (salt) was being used in lens manufacture. That increased salinity created redness when the lens was put on hte eye. Bausch and Lomb has remedied this problem and moving forward does not expect any continued redness issues.