This function of the device warms the lenses in their container to body temperature, significantly improving the lens insertion experience. It is readily adaptable to most contact lens containers as well as most daily disposable lens containers.
The product is a breakthrough in patient comfort and particularly useful to new users of contact lenses who experience the anxiety surrounding the initial shock of inserting cool lenses into their eyes. In addition, research has shown it will reduce the time taken for new users to adapt to wearing contact lenses.
The insertion of cool lenses and early stage experiences of new contact lens users is generally one described as being awkward and uncomfortable, which creates significant anxiety for patients.
Fitting lenses at body temperature significantly reduces the user’s awareness of their presence.
“Warmer lens settled into my eyes really well”
Results from market research indicate that there are a number of benefits to contact lens wearers by raising the temperature of their lenses from ambient to body temperature prior to fitting. Wearers found that there was significantly less in-situ lens awareness immediately after insertion and for up to fifteen minutes, compared to fitting lenses at room temperature.
Approximately 60% of new contact lens wearers expressed a preference for and intent to purchase a product which improved contact lens insertion comfort, reduced fitting anxiety, and reduced the time taken to adapt to wearing contact lenses.
"It really helps with the comfort and the settling into the eye, it makes a really big difference"
The Warm Contact device provides the following advantages to users:
Reduced lens awareness through;
- Less tearing;
- Faster clear visual acuity;
- Less stiff and more pliable lenses, making them easier to conform to the eye;
- More comfortable and less painful to insert; and
- faster time to adapt to wearing contact lenses.
“Less feeling of inserting something foreign into your body, a smooth process”
Subsequent research was undertaken and has shown that the process of fitting cool contact lenses each day can be uncomfortable and time consuming for some users. The cornea is sensitive to cold and a number of studies have researched the sensitivity of the cornea to thermal stimulation.
Our research has shown that fitting cool lenses is not only uncomfortable, particularly for new contact lens patients, but also can cause a reduction in visual acuity after insertion until the cold lenses have warmed to normal body temperature. Lens pliability also improved resulting in reduced lens awareness as it was placed on the eye.
"You don't get that initial shock; it is more like getting into a spa than diving into a cold pool"