Photochromic lens technology has been around since the 1990s. However, these light-adaptive lenses were only available for eyeglasses. It was only recently that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first contact lenses to use the same lens innovation.
Your eye doctor from Myopia Institute talks about this exciting development in detail.
On April 10, 2018, the FDA issued a press statement announcing the first contact lenses to incorporate photochromic technology. The Acuvue® Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions® Light Intelligent Technology are soft contact lenses incorporated with light-sensitive additives, making them sensitive to UV or other visible light rays to which they are exposed. As a result, they darken automatically when you’re in a brightly lit area. They return to their clear or regular tint as soon as you’re under normal or dim lighting conditions.
The FDA reviewed scientific evidence before clearing the Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology for use. This included a clinical study involving 24 patients who wore the photochromic contact lenses during the day and while driving at night. It revealed that the participants did not have any vision problems carrying out their activities while wearing the lenses.
The FDA also explained that the photochromic contact lenses are made of soft material and are meant for everyday use. They can be used as a hyperopia or myopia control option for those without other unmanaged eye conditions.
The Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology can be used for up to 14 consecutive days. Take them out before going to sleep as they are not meant for overnight use. Avoid exposing them to water or wearing them longer than directed. Those with active eye infections, inflammations or irritations should try other alternatives. Severe eye allergies, dry eyes or uncontrolled eye diseases are contraindications, as well.
Your optometrist explains that the photochromic contact lenses are not substitutes for UV-blocking eyewear. We recommend using sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection for both UVA and UVB rays. Pairs with oversized lenses and wraparound frames are a good choice as they limit the amount of UV light entering your eyes.
For more information about the Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology, contact a myopia control specialist in your area today.