Bausch + Lomb introduces Ultra contact lens

February 11, 2014
Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO

Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in Physiological Optics degrees from the UAB School of Optometry. Dr. Bowling is a Diplomate in the Primary Care Section of the Amer

I was fortunate to attend last week’s launch event for Bausch & Lomb’s new silicone hydrogel contact lens, Ultra. This unique entry into the silicone hydrogel line contains a formulation of three silicone molecules combined with a high PVP content and manufactured using MoistureSeal technology, yielding a contact lens with high oxygen transmissibility and low modulus.

I was fortunate to attend last week’s launch event for Bausch + Lomb’s new silicone hydrogel contact lens, Ultra. This unique entry into the silicone hydrogel line contains a formulation of three silicone molecules combined with a high PVP content and manufactured using MoistureSeal technology, yielding a contact lens with high oxygen transmissibility and low modulus.

The result is a monthly replacement lens with excellent ocular comfort that can be appreciated only with the lens on the eye. Dryness and end-of-day comfort has long been the major impediments to contact lens wear-even with the advent of silicone hydrogel lenses, the overall dropout rate has remained steady at about 30%. The lens contains four times the amount of PVP than other silicone hydrogels, which results in increased water retention, and features a smooth and durable lens surface with a thin edge, all of which result in greater comfort. 

Bausch + Lomb begins release of Ultra contact lenses 

The final payoff, though, is feeling the lens on the eye. Or should I say not feeling the lens on the eye, which was my experience. The doctors in attendance were given the opportunity to evaluate the lens on themselves and their colleagues, yet I wore the lens for several hours following the fitting session. The lens was more than comfortable; I had no awareness of the contact lens on my eye for the several hours I wore it. That was a new experience for me because I’ve always experienced a nagging awareness of a contact lens on my eye no matter the type I was wearing.

The Ultra contact lens will have a parameter range of +2.00 D to -9.00 D initially, expanding to a final range of +6.00 D to -12.00 D, enabling us to provide this option to our presbyopic patients. A main selling point for the businessman in me is that B&L has adopted a unilateral pricing policy for this contact lens. Ultra will be rolled out nationally in May 2014.   

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