Silicone Contact Lenses
“Silicone hydrogel contact lenses have become popular due to the ability of contact lens wearers to wear such lenses on their eyes for longer times compared to non-silicone hydrogel contact lenses. For example, depending on the particular lens, silicone hydrogel contact lenses can be worn or prescribed for daily wear, weekly wear, biweekly wear, or monthly wear. Benefits to lens wearers associated with silicone hydrogel contact lenses can be attributed, at least in part, to the combination of hydrophilic components and the hydrophobic properties of silicon-containing polymeric materials of the contact lenses.
However, existing silicone hydrogel contact lenses obtained from non-polar resin molds have hydrophobic lens surfaces. In other words, the surfaces of such silicone hydrogel contact lenses have low wettability and therefore are not ophthalmically compatible or ophthalmically acceptable. For example, such silicone hydrogel contact lenses may be associated with increased lipid deposition, protein deposition, and irritation to a lens wearer. Surface treatments or surface modifications have been used on the surfaces of such silicone hydrogel contact lenses or lens products to increase the hydrophilicity and wettability of the lens surfaces. Examples of surface treatment of silicone hydrogel lenses include coating a surface of the lens, adsorbing chemical species onto the surface of the lens, altering the chemical nature or electrostatic charge of chemical groups on the surface of the lens. Surface treatments have been described which include using a plasma gas to coat the surface of a polymerized lens, or using a plasma gas on a contact lens mold surface to treat the mold prior to forming a polymerized lens. Surface treatment of contact lenses requires more machinery and time to produce contact lenses compared to manufacturing methods that do not use surface treatments or modifications. In addition, surface treated silicone hydrogel contact lenses can exhibit a decreased surface wettability as the lens is being worn and/or handled by the lens wearer. For example, increased handling of a surface treated lens can result in the hydrophilic surface being degraded or worn away. “
[Hong, Chen and Manesis, US Patent 8,231,218 (7/31/2012)]
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* Date of latest addition; date of first entry is 8/6/2012.