Thursday, May 30, 2013
Alcon/CibaVision Dailies Total 1 - A Game Changer?
If you've read this blog very much you'll know that I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the claims of contact lens manufacturers. Every new lens is the "greatest" and "most comfortable" and the "best for dry eye patients", etc etc. They all claim this. As with any product, I have my favorites and what we have had success fitting on patients in the past. So today our Alcon rep shows up with trials of their newest product: CibaVision DAILIES TOTAL 1. It's a silicone daily, their 1st (not the 1st silicone daily in the market, that would be Acuvue TruEye). Dailies Total 1 (or "DT1" as I'm sure I will be writing on the file) is a 33% water, high-Dk silicone lens for daily replacement. The "difference" they say is that the surface of the lens is more like 80% water while the matrix on the inside remains low water (and thus very "breathable"). It also has a very, very "slick" surface. The word they use is that DT1 has a high "lubricity" AKA very low friction. Sounds appealing, but then again so does every lens that ever gets pitched to us. Ok so the rep suggested I try one on, and here's my personal (and anecdotal) experience: I can't feel it. I'm not kidding. This is the most initially comfortable lens I have ever put on my eye, and I've tried them all. I am not one to gush, I am just stating my experience. I have never worn a lens this comfortable. I politely asked for some trials for my wife and 8 year old daughter to try, and our Alcon rep gladly complied. I am now super excited about this product and we will for sure be fitting it at our office. It is more expensive than most other lenses, but of course we expect that. New = more expensive, and better = more expensive. And this product, in my opinion, is BOTH new and better. I'm a big, BIG fan. Can't wait til the fitting set gets here next week! Finally a new, different and BETTER contact lens, and I don't say that lightly.