Its Finally Here! 1-Day Acuvue TruEye
Well, its *almost* here. The FDA signed off on it and now we're just waiting on J+J to "release" it in the US & send us samples, etc.
1-Day TruEye is not really all that new. Its been available in Europe for some time...I remember someone asking me on a contact lens message board about it in *2006*. but it is new to the US market.
what makes it new & different? its the very 1st silicone hydrogel daily disposable. thats super interesting, as is kind of "solves" multiple problems: you get the hygiene, theoretical compliance & no-solution-allergy of a daily disposable combined with the oxygen permeability & all day comfort of a silicone lens. all in theory of course.
i have 2 concerns with this product, and i havent seen it yet:
1) cost. the 1-day acuvue moist is the most expensive daily disposable on the market. many patients are turned off by it for that reason. the TruEye has to be even more, wouldn't you think?
2) abuse. silicone lenses tend to be durable lenses with generally low water contents & high moduli. a silicone lens like O2 Optix will "last" and stand up to quite a bit of abuse, whereas a floppy/fragile lens like Biomedics XC will fall apart. most dailies fall apart rather quickly b/c of their high water content, plastic material & low modulus. but a SILICONE daily seems to me to be an "abuse-able" lens. seems like if it held up to more than 1 wear...patients would just wear it repeatedly, which negates the "1-Day" compliance. maybe J+J has made some adjustment accounting for this that I don't know about (but I doubt it). We'll see!
1-Day Acuvue TrueEye