Acuvue Oasys - soon?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by keith, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. keith

    keith Guest

    Does anyone have any news on the Acuvue Oasys lense - timeframe on when
    it will be available in the U.S.? Already available in Europe, I've
    heard some good things about its wearability and comfort (low
    coefficient of friction, etc). Has anyone done comparisons to
    Purevision or N&D?

    keith, Jul 20, 2005
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  2. keith

    LarryDoc Guest

    I was told USA roll out begins mid August and complete by end of August.
    Some docs may receive lenses earlier.

    --LB, O.D.
    LarryDoc, Jul 20, 2005
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  3. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    I'm wearing mine now.

    They're fabulous.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 20, 2005
  4. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Since I've worn all the silicone-hydrogels, I can say that the the new
    Acuvue Oasys(sp?) is very, very comfortable, and the vision is very
    clear...far, far superior to the Advance.

    It's too early yet to make any conclusions relative to other lenses,
    because everybody's eyes are different, but let me just say that I have
    already placed my stock order (being a betting man).

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 20, 2005
  5. keith

    Meagan Guest

    Are these available in + and toric?
    Meagan, Jul 21, 2005
  6. They are not available in anything until mid august, and then only in
    minus to 6 D. Maybe next year on the + and toric; I've learned not to
    hold my breath.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Jul 21, 2005
  7. keith

    crb Guest

    The first sil hydro I tried wasn't a good experience.

    Are they going to come in 2 week disposables?

    Any idea how the cost will compare to Focus 1-2 week disposables -2.75
    crb, Jul 21, 2005
  8. keith

    LarryDoc Guest

    I just dealt with a patient who can't wear O2Optix in the right eye, but
    it's fine in the left, N&D works great in the right, but only fair in
    the left, and Purevision doesn't feel so great in either eye.

    You never know!

    Meanwhile, I STILL anxiously await plus powers and torics. I wish the
    manufacturers would get it together and market their si-hydros in a full
    range of parameters. What the hell are they waiting for? Scared of
    making too much money?

    --LB, O.D.
    LarryDoc, Jul 21, 2005
  9. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Larry is right. All of the silicone-hydrogels are different in some
    way, i.e. water content, surface treatment, size, edge, etc.
    Oasys will be marketed initially as a 2 week disposable, then sometime
    later, pending FDA approval, for 30 day continuous wear.
    Don't expect one of the most advanced lenses every made to be sold at
    the same price as 20 year/old technology. Don't expect to be able to
    purchase Focus 1-2 week disposables in my practice, either.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 21, 2005
  10. There is no "usual" pricing. Everyone is free to charge whatever they
    like. The above scenario seems odd, even funny to me, unless there is a
    4 box manufacturer's rebate involved (these accrue to the patient only,
    not to the seller).

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Jul 21, 2005
  11. keith

    keith Guest

    Thanks for all the great replies. I've worn N&D, with pretty good
    success, tried Purevision (crisper vision in one eye, but less overall
    comfort) and although I'm not a doc, I think SiHy technology is
    definitely the way to go.

    Final question - does the Oasys have surface treatment? I recall
    reading somewhere that the Advance does NOT have surface treatment but
    manages to stay moist with its "hydroclear" technology (whatever that
    is). I personally prefer N&D's surface treatment (my eyes tell me it's
    higher/different quality), but based on your message it seems like a
    surface treatment may or may not influence wearability (if Oasys
    doesn't have any)...


    keith, Jul 21, 2005
  12. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Don't base your preconceptions on your experiences with the Advance.
    There are simply too many eye variables we cannot measure which can
    interact with the contact lens.

    I am going on week two with the same pair of Oasys. Not once have I
    had any awareness that a lens was in my eye...not for a nanosecond.
    There is no way the Advance would have lasted this long in my eyes, nor
    would I have seen so clearly.

    They say the technology is similar, but I doubt it. IMHO, they ought
    to pull the Advance off the market once they introduce the Oasys. Just
    my 2 cents.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 21, 2005
  13. keith

    y_p_w Guest

    And wouldn't you know it, they won't initially have the -6.50 I need
    for my right eye. The bastards. ;-)
    y_p_w, Jul 21, 2005
  14. keith

    crb Guest

    How come you wouldn't have Focus 1-2 wk lens in your practice.
    I've been wearing them for 7 yrs.

    What kind of disinfect solution do you use with the Oasys?
    crb, Jul 22, 2005
  15. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    My office is bursting at the seams with contact lenses of all types. I
    have a tendency to introduce and favor new and improved technology.
    Once that has become available at a reasonable cost, I find it
    difficult to justify continuing to prescribe the older stuff. I
    believe that the benefits far outweigh the modest incremental increase
    in cost.

    I believe that the Oasys is compatible with existing care systems.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 22, 2005
  16. What ever happended to the idea that "if it ain't broken, don't fix it"?

    I will *never* change a lens brand/type without a clinical reason to do
    so. Plus, I *will* retain a bit of skepticism on the oasis lens, due to
    my experience with its "predecessor", the Advance. I'd say that 80% of
    the patients who liked it initially, end up disliking it. I hope the
    oasis doesen't have this ugly little time-bomb feature.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Jul 22, 2005
  17. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Interesting take on that, doctor. What about the idea of giving the
    patient an opportunity to experience new technology and telling you if
    it is better, worse, or no different?

    I honestly thought that my once current contact lenses were the very
    best until I tried something new. It was only then that I discovered
    what was wrong with the previous brand. Subsequently, I always dig a
    little deeper for symptoms such as dryness, redness, or discomfort.

    Would any doctor starting out today be stocking up on Focus 1-2 Week

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 22, 2005
  18. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    I think that the "scientific reasons" of increased oxygen permeability
    and less on-eye dryness have been amply shown. The economics are what
    they are and what they need to be.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 22, 2005
  19. I bought into that argument with the Advance, and have a few unhappy
    patients on that one. Once burned, twice shy...

    oxygen is not everything...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Jul 22, 2005
  20. keith

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Never put all your eggs into one basket.
    Agreed. There is also hydrogen.

    How many silicone-hydrogel problems have you resolved lately by
    reverting to Focus 1-2 Week, versus the number of Focus 1-2 Week
    problems resolved with silicone-hydrogels?

    Anyway, here I sit wearing my Oasys lenses, and my eyes have never been
    happier...or so it seems. Hard to believe that it was only a few
    months ago that I was criticizing Vistakon here in this NG for
    technological torpor.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 22, 2005
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