New Acuvue Contact Lens- Or Is It?
Vistakon announced late last year the introduction of the Acuvue Advance Plus contact lens. Plus means they have made it better right? Not quite so fast. According to Vistakon’s website, the Acuvue Advance Plus utilizes ULTRA-CLEAN™ Technology that helps resist the buildup of deposits on the lens surface.
A New Improved Acuvue Contact Lens Material?
Maybe-but there is little evidence that it is. The plus part of the Acuvue Advance contact lens seems to be a change in “equipment qualification”. Equipment qualification is a global term the Food and Drug Administration uses to make sure that equipment used in manufacturing and testing of a medical device does what it is supposed to do. Apparently some of the equipment used in production of the Acuvue Advance contact lens was updated (or at least changed). The Acuvue Advance Plus contact lens is manufactured with a process referred to as “Ultra-Clean™ Technology”. What that mean is not clear. It is an unregistered trademark that translates to a marketing exclusivity privilege. Maybe your carpet will be magically cleaned the next time you drop a contact lens!
Whats Different About the Acuvue Advanced Plus?
Beyond the “Ultra-Clean™ Technology” not so much. The lens is still made from the same polymer, Galyficon A with 47% water. The contact lens polymer is still stated to include Hydraclear™ technology to improve comfort.
While I have seen the Acuvue Oasys contact lens material help some patients with dry eyes in Fort Collins, I do not believe the Acuvue Advance Plus will be a significant improvement for optometrists specializing in contact lenses in Colorado (or anywhere for that matter). If you are currently wearing the Acuvue Advance at some point it is going to be discontinued as the contact lens manufacturer transitions to the Plus version. I don’t think you will notice either way. There was an F.D.A. study prior to qualification but no results have been posted to date. They must have been OK. Here is to a new an improved 2011!