Contact lens & anterior eye : the journal of the British Contact Lens Association | 17 Apr 2018
ÉM Donnchadha, C Leal and H Esmonde
The complex modulus of a soft contact lens affects the optical performance, fitting, on-eye movement, wettability, physiological impact and overall comfort of the lens. However, despite acknowledgement that the mechanical behaviour of contact lenses is time-dependent, the rheological characteristics of contact lenses remain under-defined. While existing studies have focussed on elasticity to describe lens behaviour, this paper proposes using oscillatory squeeze film analysis to evaluate the complex modulus. The effects of excitation amplitude, repeatability and surface wetness are examined for four commercially available lenses. Slip at the lens/platen interface is considered along with bias introduced by pre-compressing the lens between platens. Test results when compared to results reported from other test methods indicate that a high degree of slip occurs at the lens platen interface suggesting that deformation is primarily due to biaxial extension.
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