The present study aimed to estimate how orientation position, recovery time, and contact lens decentration, associated with visual performance, may vary on several designs of the most recent toric silicone-hydrogel toric contact lenses in two-time different moments.
To evaluate the toric silicone-hydrogel toric contact lens position and stability, it was conducted with a prospective, observational, randomized, and single-center case series including 95 astigmatic eyes wearing four toric silicone-hydrogel toric contact lenses for two weeks. Orientation and decentration were analyzed with ImageJ software from video-frames extracted with a Python application. Recovery time was evaluated after 45 degrees of inferior-temporal misorientation.
Evaluation of misorientation after 20 min of wear revealed the highest amount for Saphir RX, -20.41 ± 10.84 deg, and lowest for Air Optix Aqua for Astigmatism, -1.43 ± 7.48 deg. The highest horizontal misalignment was found for Air Optix Aqua for Astigmatism, -0.627 ± 0.330 mm, and lowest for Biofinity Toric, 0.004 ± 0.270 mm. Vertical misalignment presented the highest value for Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism, -0.652 ± 0.369 mm, and lowest for Air Optix Aqua for Astigmatism, -0.126 ± 0.231 mm. Recovery time showed the highest amount for Saphir RX, 80.70 ± 33.26 s, and lowest for Biofinity Toric 43.67 ± 23.70 s. Only Air Optix Aqua for Astigmatism presented significant differences after two-week of wear for misorientation (P = 0.02) and horizontal misalignment (P < 0.001). When pairwise comparisons are made between toric silicone-hydrogel toric contact lenses, significant differences (P < 0.001) are found.
Although there was acceptable fitting, based upon decentration, orientation, and recovery with the study contact lenses, the stabilization and profile design used in the Air Optix Aqua for Astigmatism helped to minimize rotation and vertical misalignment. In addition, the peri-ballast and thickness profile of the Biofinity Toric improved rotational recovery and horizontal misalignment compared to the other contact lenses. Finally, lenses with a better fitting profile showed better visual performance.

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