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Safety and efficacy of lifitegrast 5% ophthalmic solution in contact lens discomfort

Authors Gonzalez AL

Received 24 August 2018

Accepted for publication 26 September 2018

Published 16 October 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 2079—2085


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Agustin L Gonzalez

Eye & Vision, Richardson, TX 75082, USA

Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of lifitegrast 5% ophthalmic solution in improving contact lens discomfort (CLD) in patients wearing a low-modulus, nonionic, monthly replacement silicone hydrogel contact lenses (SHCLs).
Patients and methods: A single center, prospective, open-label study was undertaken on patients wearing monthly replacement, low modulus silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Best-corrected visual acuity (BVA), lissamine staining (LS) and eight item contact lens dry eye questionnaire (CLDEQ-8) scores were assessed at baseline and after 8-week therapy of twice-a-day lifitegrast 5% ophthalmic solution use. Pre- and Posttreatment data were analyzed for statistical significance.
Results: Twenty-one subjects (15 female and six male) with the mean age of 31.7 (±5.29) years completed the study. No reduction or statistically significant change in monocular BVA or LS scores was observed. Data showed a statistically significant (P<0.05) reduction in total CLDEQ-8 score, questions 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B scores and nonstatistically significant reduction in questions 3A, 3B, 4 and 5 scores. Fifteen (n=15, 71.4%) study subjects found the therapy positive for their contact lens wear.
Data suggest the use of topical lifitegrast 5% ophthalmic solution twice a day may be a safe and effective therapeutic intervention for managing patients with CLD in SHCL users; however further research is indicated.

Keywords: lifitegrast, contact lens discomfort, dry eye, contact lens discontinuation

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