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2019

Phan,C -M., Subbaraman,L., Jones,L. Uptake and release of polyvinyl alcohol from hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses Optom Vis Sci 2019;96(3):180-186 [ Show Abstract ]

SIGNIFICANCE:
Polyvinyl alcohol is a wetting agent that could reduce the symptoms of dry eye and contact lens discomfort. Currently, only one lens type, nelfilcon A (DAILIES AquaComfort Plus), releases polyvinyl alcohol. The concept of releasing this agent from contact lenses could be applied to other lens materials.

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this study was to measure the release of polyvinyl alcohol from commercially available hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses using refractive index and iodine-borate methods.

METHODS:
Etafilcon A, omafilcon A, and nelfilcon A were soaked in phosphate-buffered saline and 0.2% trifluoroacetic acid/acetonitile for 24 hours to remove residual blister pack components. The lenses were then incubated in a 10-mg/mL solution of polyvinyl alcohol for 24 hours. After the incubation period, the lenses were placed in 2 mL of phosphate-buffered saline. At specified time intervals, t = 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, and 24 hours, the samples were evaluated using refractive index and an iodine-borate assay. Polyvinyl alcohol uptake was determined by extracting the lenses with methanol for 24 hours.

RESULTS:
There were no differences in the uptake of polyvinyl alcohol between lens types (P > .05). The release of this wetting agent for all lens types followed a burst-plateau profile after the first 30 minutes (P > .05). Nelfilcon A had a slightly higher release of polyvinyl alcohol (P < .05) than did etafilcon A but was similar to omafilcon A (P > .05).

CONCLUSIONS:
The results suggest that the contact lenses tested in this study have similar efficiency in delivering polyvinyl alcohol.

Phan,C -M., Walther,H., Qiao,H., Shinde,R., Jones,L. Development of an eye model with a physiological blink mechanism Translational Vision Science & Technology 2019;8(5):doi.org/10.1167/ tvst.8.5.1 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose: To develop an eye model with a physiological blink mechanism.

Methods: All parts of the eye model were designed using computer-aided design software. The eyelid consisted of a unique 3D printed structure containing teeth to physically secure a flexible membrane. Both the eyeball and eyelid membrane were synthesized using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Four molecular weights of PVA (89–98, 85–124, 130, and 146–186 kDa) were tested at a range of concentrations between 5% and 30% weight/volume. The wettability and water content of these materials were compared with the bovine cornea and sclera. The model was connected to a microfluidic pump, which delivers artificial tear solution (ATS) to the eyelid. A corneal topographer was used to evaluate the tear break-up and tear film regeneration.

Results: The eyelid flexes and slides across the eyeball during each blink, which ensures direct contact between the two surfaces. When loaded with an ATS, this mechanism evenly spreads the solution over the eyeball to generate an artificial tear film. The artificial tear film in this eye model had a tear break-up time (TBUT) of 5.13 ± 0.09 seconds at 1.4 μL/min flow rate, 6 blinks/min, and <25% humidity.

Conclusions: This model simulates a physiological blink actuation and an artificial tear film layer. Future studies will examine variations in flow rates and ATS composition to simulate clinical values of TBUT.

Translational Relevance: The eye model could be used to study in vitro TBUT, tear deposition, and simple drug delivery.

Phan,C -M., Walther,H., Riederer,D., Lau,C.,Lorentz,H., Subbaraman,L., Jones,L. Analysis of polyvinyl alcohol release from commercially available daily disposable contact lenses using an in vitro eye model J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater 2019;107(5):1662-1668 [ Show Abstract ]

The purpose of this work was to determine the release of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) from etafilcon A, omafilcon A, and nelfilcon A daily disposable hydrogel contact lenses using a novel in vitro model. PVA is an ocular lubricant that can be found in multiple formulations of artificial tears. Nelfilcon A innately contains PVA, so only the release of PVA from this lens was evaluated. Etafilcon A and omafilcon A lenses were incubated in a PBS solution containing PVA. The release of PVA was evaluated using a novel in vitro blink platform with Milli-Q water and PBS under various blink conditions and flow rates. Nelfilcon A lenses significantly released more PVA than other lenses at 0.5 and 1.5 h in both PBS and Milli-Q water (p < 0.001). For nelfilcon A, there was no statistical significance between the release profiles of PVA between the blink and no-blink conditions, or for the various flow rates (p > 0.05). All tested groups and lenses showed a burst release within the first 4.5 h and rapidly plateaued thereafter. The current study demonstrates that releasable PVA (whether through uptake or through being inherently available from the material) is loosely bound on hydrogel lenses, and the majority is released within 4.5 h.

2018

Phan,C. -M, Walther,H., Smith,R. W., Riederer,D., Lau,C., Lorenz,K. O., Subbaraman,L. N., Jones L. Determination of the release of PEG and HPMC from nelfilcon A daily disposable contact lenses using a novel in vitro eye model. J Biomater Sci Polym Ed 2018;29(17):2124-2136 [ Show Abstract ]

The traditional method to measure release of components from CLs is a vial containing a static volume of PBS (phosphate buffered saline). However, this model does not simulate physiologically relevant tear volume and natural tear flow, air exposure, and mechanical rubbing. These factors can significantly impact release kinetics. We have developed an in vitro eye model (OcuFlow) that simulates these parameters. The aim of the study was to measure the release of PEG (polyethylene glycol), and HPMC (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) from a daily disposable hydrogel contact lens material (nelfilcon A; Dailies AquaComfort PLUS; DACP;) over 24 hrs using the OcuFlow platform. The elution of PEG and HPMC from DACP lenses was analyzed using LCMS (liquid chromatography mass spectrometry). The release of all wetting agents from the lenses followed a burst release pattern, which occurred within the first 1.5 hrs (P < 0.05). The release of PEG was greater than that of HPMC (P < 0.05). The amount of PEG and HPMC released at any given time was less than 1% of the amount in the blister pack solution. Our results suggest that HPMC and PEG are rapidly released from the CL.

Phan,C. -M, Weber,S., Mueller,J., Yee,A., Jones,L. A rapid extraction method to quantify drug uptake in contact lenses Translational Vision Science and Technology 2018;7(2):11 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose: To develop a simple extraction procedure to quantify the uptake of four topical ocular pharmaceutical drugs into contact lenses (CLs). Methods: Four silicone hydrogel (SH) CLs (balafilcon A, senofilcon A, lotrafilcon B, comfilcon B) and four conventional hydrogel (CH) CLs (nesofilcon A, hilafilcon B, nelfilcon A, etafilcon A) were evaluated. The drugs studied were natamycin, moxifloxacin, timolol maleate, and ketotifen fumarate. For drug incubation, three CLs of each type were placed in 1 mL of 1 mg/mL drug-loading solution for 24 hours. The lenses were then extracted in 2 mL methanol for 2 hours. This process was repeated to obtain a total of three extraction cycles. Detection of natamycin, moxifloxacin, ketotifen fumarate, and timolol maleate were measured by absorbance at 305, 287, 297, and 295 nm, respectively. Results: The majority of the drugs were extracted after the first extraction cycle (P 0.05). Conclusions: This study provides a simple approach to determine drug uptake into CLs. This method can also be modified, such as changing the extraction time, extraction cycles, or extraction solvent to better suit other drugs and CL combinations. Translational Relevance: There is considerable interest in using CLs for ocular drug delivery. Accurately quantifying drug uptake on CLs has been a challenge. Hence, this study provides a simple method to quantify drug uptake in CLs. © 2018 The Authors.

Qiao,H., Phan,C. -M., Walther,H., Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. Depth Profile Assessment of the Early Phase Deposition of Lysozyme on Soft Contact Lens Materials Using a Novel In Vitro Eye Model 2018;44(Suppl 2):S11-S18 [ Show Abstract ]

OBJECTIVE: To characterize the location of fluorescently labeled lysozyme on commercial contact lenses (CLs) using an in vitro eye model that simulates tear volume, tear flow, air exposure, and mechanical wear.
METHODS: One commercially available conventional hydrogel CL material (etafilcon A) and three silicone hydrogel CL materials (balafilcon A, lotrafilcon B, and senofilcon A) were evaluated in this study. The CLs were mounted on the in vitro eye model and exposed to artificial tear fluid containing fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled lysozyme for 2 and 10 hrs. After these short incubation periods, circular discs were punched from the CLs at the center and periphery and were prepared for confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The CLSM captured a series of consecutive images spaced 5 μm apart, and the resulting images were rendered into two dimensional cross-sectional views of the CL. The mean fluorescence at each 5 μm slice was used to generate a histogram depicting the penetration of FITC-lysozyme into CLs.
RESULTS: For both incubation periods, the CLSM images and histogram of etafilcon A showed that FITC-lysozyme is more concentrated at the lens surface, with a moderate amount of deposition in the lens matrix. For balafilcon A, FITC-lysozyme was evenly distributed throughout the lens. For lotrafilcon B, there was a greater amount of FITC-lysozyme deposition on the surfaces of the lens versus the matrix. Senofilcon A had differential FITC-lysozyme distribution profiles depending on the location of the lens. At the lens periphery, FITC-lysozyme primarily deposited on the surface, whereas FITC-lysozyme was uniformly distributed at the center of the lens.
CONCLUSIONS: With the use of a sophisticated in vitro eye model, the study revealed a complex deposition pattern of FITC-labeled lysozyme on various CL materials after short periods of exposure. An understanding of the early deposition pattern of lysozyme on different CL material may elucidate new insights into the processes behind CL discomfort.

Walther,H., Phan,C. -M., Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. Differential deposition of fluorescently tagged cholesterol on commercial contact lenses using a novel in vitro eye model Translational Vision Science and Technology 2018;7(2):18 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose: We evaluate the differences in lipid uptake and penetration in daily disposable (DD) contact lenses (CL) using a conventional “in-vial” method compared to a novel in vitro eye model. Methods: The penetration of fluorescently labelled 22-(N-(7-Nitrobenz-2-Oxa-1,3- Diazol-4-yl)Amino)-23,24-Bisnor-5-Cholen-3beta-Ol (NBD)–cholesterol on three silicone hydrogel (SH) and four conventional hydrogel (CH) DD CLs were investigated. CLs were incubated for 4 and 12 hours in a vial, containing 3.5 mL artificial tear solution (ATS), or were mounted on an in vitro eye-blink platform designed to simulate physiologic tear flow (2 mL/24 hours), tear volume and “simulated” blinking. Subsequently, CLs were analyzed using laser scanning confocal microscopy and ImageJ. Results: Penetration depth and fluorescence intensities of NBD-cholesterol varied between the incubation methods as well as lens materials. Using the traditional vial incubation method, NBD-cholesterol uptake occurred equally on both sides of all lens materials. However, using our eye-blink model, cholesterol penetration was observed primarily on the anterior surface of the CLs. In general, SH lenses showed higher intensities of NBD-cholesterol than CH materials. Conclusions: The traditional “in-vial” incubation method exposes the CLs to an excessively high amount of ATS, which results in an overestimation for cholesterol deposition. Our model, which incorporates important ocular factors, such as intermittent air exposure, small tear volume, and physiological tear flow between blinks, provides a more natural environment for in vitro lens incubation. Translational Relevance: In vitro measurements of CLs are a common approach to predict their interactions and performance on the eye. Traditional methods, however, are rudimentary. Therefore, this study presents a novel in vitro model to evaluate CLs, which consequently will enhance elucidations of the interactions between CLs and the eye.

2017

Hui,A., Bajgrowicz-Cieslak,M., Phan,C. -M, Jones,L. In vitro release of two anti-muscarinic drugs from soft contact lenses Clinical Ophthalmology 2017;11:1657-1665 [ Show Abstract ]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the release of the anti-myopia drugs atropine sulfate and pirenzepine dihydrochloride from commercially available soft contact lenses. Standard ultraviolet (UV) absorbance-concentration curves were generated for atropine and pirenzepine. Ten commercially available contact lenses, including four multifocal lenses, were loaded by soaking in atropine or pirenzepine solutions at two different concentrations (10 mg/mL and 1 mg/mL). The release of the drugs into phosphate-buffered saline was determined over the course of 24hours at 34°C using UV absorbance. Materials with surface charge released the greatest amount of atropine when loaded with either concentration when compared to the other lens types (p<0.05), releasing upward of 1.026±0.035mg/lens and 0.979±0.024mg/lens from etafilcon A and ocufilcon A, respectively. There were no significant differences in the amount of atropine or pirenzepine released from the multifocal and non-multifocal lenses made from the same lens materials. Narafilcon A material demonstrated prolonged release of up to 8 hours when loaded with pirenzepine, although the overall dose delivered from the lens into the solution was among the lowest of the materials investigated. The rest of the lenses reached a plateau within 2 hours of release, suggesting that they were unable to sustain drug release into the solution for long periods of time. Given that no single method of myopia control has yet shown itself to be completely effective in preventing myopia progression, a combination of optical and pharmaceutical devices comprising a drug delivering contact lens presents a novel solution that warrants further investigation. © 2017 Hui et al.

2016

Phan,C. -M, Bajgrowicz-Cieslak,M., Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. Release of Moxifloxacin from Contact Lenses Using an In Vitro Eye Model: Impact of Artificial Tear Fluid Composition and Mechanical Rubbing Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2016;5(6):3 [ Show Abstract ]

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the release of moxifloxacin from a variety of daily disposable (DD) contact lenses (CLs) under various conditions using a novel in vitro eye model.
METHODS: Four commercially available DD conventional hydrogel (CH) CLs (nelfilcon A, omafilcon A, etafilcon A, and ocufilcon B) and three silicone hydrogel (SH) CLs (somofilcon A, narafilcon A, and delefilcon A) were evaluated. These lenses were incubated in moxifloxacin for 24 hours. The release of the drug was measured using a novel in vitro model in three experimental conditions: (1) phosphate buffered saline (PBS); (2) artificial tear solution (ATS) containing a variety of proteins and lipids; and (3) ATS with mechanical rubbing produced by the device.
RESULTS: Overall, CH CLs had a higher drug release than SH CLs (P < 0.05) under all conditions. Typically, a higher drug release was observed in PBS than ATS (P < 0.05). For CH, drug release was found to be higher in ATS with rubbing than PBS or ATS (P < 0.05). For most lens types, ATS with rubbing produced higher drug release than ATS alone (P < 0.05). Generally, the release kinetics for all conditions were sustained over the 24-hour testing period, and no burst release was observed (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Moxifloxacin release from a CL into ATS is lower when compared to release into PBS. When mechanical rubbing is introduced, the amount of drugs released is increased.
TRANSLATIONAL RELEVANCE: Results suggest that sophisticated in vitro models are necessary to adequately model on-eye drug release from CL materials.

Phan,C. -M, Bajgrowicz,M., Gao,H., Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. W. Release of fluconazole from contact lenses using a novel in vitro eye model Optometry and Vision Science 2016;93(4):387-394 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose. Rapid drug release followed by a plateau phase is a common observation with drug delivery from contact lenses (CLs) when evaluated in a vial. The aim of this study was to compare the release of fluconazole from seven commercially available daily disposable CLs using a conventional vial-based method with a novel in vitro eye model. Methods. An eye model was created using two 3-dimensional printed molds, which were filled with polydimethylsiloxane to obtain an inexpensive model that would mimic the eyeball and eyelid. The model was integrated with a microfluidic syringe pump, and the flow-through was collected in a 12-well microliter plate. Four commercial daily disposable conventional hydrogels (nelfilcon A, omafilcon A, etafilcon A, ocufilcon B) and three silicone hydrogels (somofilcon A, narafilcon A, delefilcon A) were evaluated. These CLs were incubated with fluconazole for 24 h. The drug release was measured in a vial containing 4.8 mL of phosphate-buffered saline and in the polydimethylsiloxane eye model with a 4.8-mL tear flow across 24 h. Results. Overall, conventional hydrogel CLs had a higher uptake and release of fluconazole than silicone hydrogel CLs (p < 0.05). A higher drug release was observed in the vial condition compared with the eye model (p < 0.001). In the vial system, the drugs were rapidly released from the CL within the first 2 h, followed by a plateau phase. In contrast, drug release in the eye model under low tear volume was sustained and did not reach a plateau across 24 h (p < 0.05). Conclusions. Rapid drug release results from using a vial as the release system. Under low tear volume at physiological tear flow, commercial CLs can maintain a sustained drug release profile for up to 24 h. However, eyes with fungal keratitis may have increased tearing, which would significantly accelerate drug release. © 2015 American Academy of Optometry.

Phan,C. -M, Bajgrowicz,M., McCanna,D. J., Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. Effects of Antifungal Soaked Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses on Candida albicans in an Agar Eye Model Eye and Contact Lens 2016;42(5):313-317 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose: To evaluate the effects of two commercial silicone hydrogel contact lenses (CLs) soaked with natamycin (NA) or fluconazole (FL) on the growth of Candida albicans in an in vitro eye model. Methods: Three-D printed molds were used as a cast for making eye-shaped models comprising potato dextrose agar. Senofilcon A (SA) and lotrafilcon B (LB) CLs were incubated with either 2 mL of NA or FL at a concentration of 1 mg/mL for 24 hr. To simulate a fungal infection, the eye models were coated with C. albicans. The drug-soaked lenses were placed on top of the eye models. Seven experimental conditions were examined: (1) NA-SA, (2) NA-LB, (3) FL-SA, (4) FL-LB, (5) SA, (6) LB, and (7) control - no lens. At specified time points (t1, 8, 16, 24, 48 hr), the agar eyes from each experimental condition were removed from the incubator and photographed. The yeast cells from the 24 and 48 hr time point were also analyzed using light microscopy. Results: At 24 and 48 hr, there was considerable growth observed for all conditions except for the NA-SA and NA-LB conditions. When observed under the microscope at 24 and 48 hr, the morphology of the yeast cells in the FL-SA and SA condition were similar to that of the control (oval shaped). There was limited hyphae growth observed for LB and significant visible hyphae growth for the NA-LB group. For NA-SA, NA-LB, and FL-LB groups, the cells were significantly smaller compared with the control. Conclusions: For NA-SA and NA-LB, there was limited growth of C. albicans observed on the eye models even after 48 hr. Under the microscope, the cell morphology differ noticeably between each testing condition, and is dependent on drug-lens combinations. © 2015 Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists.

Phan,C. -M, Subbaraman,L., Jones,L. W. The use of contact lenses as biosensors Optometry and Vision Science 2016;93(4):419-425 [ Show Abstract ]

The tear film is a complex multilayer film consisting of various proteins, enzymes, and lipids and can express a number of biomarkers in cases of disease. The development of a contact lens sensor presents a noninvasive alternative for the detection and management of various diseases. Recent work has resulted in the commercialization of a device to monitor intraocular pressure for up to 24 h, and there are extensive efforts underway to develop a contact lens sensor capable of continuous glucose tear film monitoring to manage diabetes. This clinical perspective will highlight the major developments within this field and list some of the major challenges that still need to be addressed. © 2015 American Academy of Optometry.

Phan,C. -M, Walther,H., Gao,H., Rossy,J., Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. Development of an in Vitro ocular platform to test contact lenses Journal of Visualized Experiments 2016;2016(110):e53907 [ Show Abstract ]

Currently, in vitro evaluations of contact lenses (CLs) for drug delivery are typically performed in large volume vials,1-6 which fail to mimic physiological tear volumes.7 The traditional model also lacks the natural tear flow component and the blinking reflex, both of which are defining factors of the ocular environment. The development of a novel model is described in this study, which consists of a unique 2-piece design, eyeball and eyelid piece, capable of mimicking physiological tear volume. The models are created from 3-D printed molds (Polytetrafluoroethylene or Teflon molds), which can be used to generate eye models from various polymers, such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and agar. Further modifications to the eye pieces, such as the integration of an explanted human or animal cornea or human corneal construct, will permit for more complex in vitro ocular studies. A commercial microfluidic syringe pump is integrated with the platform to emulate physiological tear secretion. Air exposure and mechanical wear are achieved using two mechanical actuators, of which one moves the eyelid piece laterally, and the other moves the eyeballeyepiece circularly. The model has been used to evaluate CLs for drug delivery and deposition of tear components on CLs.

2015

Bajgrowicz,M., Phan,C. -M, Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. Release of ciprofloxacin and moxifloxacin from daily disposable contact lenses from an in vitro eye model Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 2015;56(4):2234-2242 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose. To analyze the release of two fluoroquinolones, ciprofloxacin and moxifloxacin, from conventional hydrogel (CH) and silicone hydrogel (SH) daily disposable contact lenses (CLs), comparing release from a fixed-volume vial and a novel in vitro eye model. Methods. Four CH CLs (nelfilcon A, omafilcon A, etafilcon A, ocufilcon B) and three SH CLs (somofilcon A, narafilcon A, delefilcon A) were used. The lenses were incubated in drug solutions for 24 hours. After the incubation period, the lenses were placed in two release conditions: (1) a vial containing 4.8 mL PBS for 24 hours and (2) an in vitro eye model with a flow rate at 4.8 mL over 24 hours. Results. Release in the vial for both drugs was rapid, reaching a plateau between 15 minutes and 2 hours for all lenses. In contrast, under physiological flow conditions, a constant and slow release was observed over 24 hours. The amounts of ciprofloxacin released from the lenses ranged between 49.6 ±0.7 and 62.8 ± 0.3 µg per lens in the vial, and between 35.0 ± 7.0 and 109.0 ± 5.0 µg per lens in the eye model. Moxifloxacin release ranged from 24.0 ± 4.0 to 226.0 ± 2.0 µg per lens for the vial, and between 13.0 ± 2.0 and 151.0 ± 10.0 µg per lens in the eye model. In both systems and for both drugs, HEMA-based CLs released more drugs than other materials. Conclusions. The parameters of the release system, in particular the volume and flow rate, have a significant influence on measured release profiles. Under physiological flow, release profiles are significantly slower and constant when compared with release in a vial. © 2015, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.

2014

Hall,B., Phan,C. -M, Subbaraman,L., Jones,L. W., Forrest,J. Extraction versus in Situ techniques for measuring surface-adsorbed lysozyme Optometry and Vision Science 2014;91(9):1062-1070 [ Show Abstract ]

PURPOSE: To compare two techniques for measuring the activity of lysozyme deposited onto hydrogel contact lens and to image the binding of Micrococcus lysodeikticus to contact lenses. METHODS: Using a previously described protein extraction technique and a recently developed in situ technique, we measured the time-dependent activity of adsorbed lysozyme on six different contact lens materials during the first minute and up to 1 week of interaction with the material surface. Total activity of extracted lysozyme, total in situ activity, and the activity of the outer surface layer of sorbed lysozyme were determined using the two different techniques. Micrococcal cellular interaction with surface-adsorbed lysozyme was imaged using confocal microscopy. RESULTS: The differences between total extracted activities, total in situ activities, and surface activities were both measurable and material specific. In most cases, total extracted activity is greater than total in situ activity, which, in turn, is greater than surface activity. After 1 week, etafilcon A had the highest extracted activity at 137 µg/lens, followed by omafilcon A, balafilcon A, comfilcon A, senofilcon A, and lotrafilcon B at 27.4, 2.85, 2.02, 0.46, and 0.27 µg/lens, respectively. Micrococcal cell adhesion was greatest on contact lenses with high contact angles, such as balafilcon A, omafilcon A, and senofilcon A and lowest on contact lenses with low contact angles, such as etafilcon A, comfilcon A, and lotrafilcon B. Subsequent removal/prevention of adhered micrococcal cells was greatest on balafilcon A, which had the highest surface activity, and lowest on lotrafilcon B, which had the lowest surface activity. CONCLUSIONS: This study has measured and made direct comparisons between two established techniques for measuring the activity of adsorbed lysozyme. The extraction technique determines the activity of underlying layers of lysozyme or lysozyme within the matrix of the material. Conversely, the in situ technique allows conclusions to be drawn about only the biologically relevant lysozyme including the activity of just the outer surface of adsorbed lysozyme. © American Academy of Optometry.

Phan,C. -M, Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. In vitro drug release of natamycin from ß-cyclodextrin and 2-hydroxypropyl-ß-cyclodextrin-functionalized contact lens materials Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition 2014;25(17):1907-1919 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose: The antifungal agent natamycin can effectively form inclusion complexes with beta-cyclodextrin (ß-CD) and 2-hydroxypropyl-ß-cyclodextrin (HP-ßCD) to improve the water solubility of natamycin by 16-fold and 152-fold, respectively (Koontz, J. Agric. Food. Chem. 2003). The purpose of this study was to develop contact lens materials functionalized with methacrylated ß-CD (MßCD) and methacrylated HP-ßCD (MHP-ßCD), and to evaluate their ability to deliver natamycin in vitro. Methods: Model conventional hydrogel (CH) materials were synthesized by adding varying amounts of MßCD and MHP-ßCD (0, 0.22, 0.44, 0.65, 0.87, 1.08% of total monomer weight) to a monomer solution containing 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA). Model silicone hydrogel (SH) materials were synthesized by adding similar concentrations of MßCD and MHP-ßCD to N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMAA)/10% 3-methacryloxypropyltris(trimethylsiloxy)silane (TRIS). The gels were cured with UV light, washed with ethanol and then, hydrated for 24 h (h). The model materials were then incubated with 2 mL of 100 g/mL of natamycin in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) pH 7.4 for 48 h at room temperature. The release of natamycin from these materials in 2 mL of PBS, pH 7.4 at 32 ± 2 °C was monitored using UV-vis spectrophotometry at 304 nm over 24 h. Results: For both CH and SH materials, functionalization with MßCD and MHP-ßCD improved the total amount of drugs released up to a threshold loading concentration, after which further addition of methacrylated CDs decreased the amount of drugs released (p < 0.05). The addition of CDs did not extend the drug release duration; the release of natamycin by all model materials reached a plateau after 12 h (p < 0.05). Overall, DMAA/10% TRIS materials released significantly more drug than HEMA materials (p < 0.05). The addition of MHP-ßCD had a higher improvement in drug release than MßCD for both HEMA and DMAA/10% TRIS gels (p < 0.05). Conclusions: A high loading concentration of methacrylated CDs decreases overall drug delivery efficiency, which likely results from an unfavorable arrangement of the CDs within the polymer network leading to reduced binding of natamycin to the CDs. HEMA and DMAA/10% TRIS materials functionalized with MHP-ßCD are more effective than those functionalized with MßCD to deliver natamycin.

Phan,C. -M, Subbaraman,L., Jones,L. Contact lenses for antifungal ocular drug delivery: A review Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery 2014;11(4):537-546 [ Show Abstract ]

Introduction: Fungal keratitis, a potentially blinding disease, has been difficult to treat due to the limited number of approved antifungal drugs and the taxing dosing regimen. Thus, the development of a contact lens (CL) as an antifungal drug delivery platform has the potential to improve the treatment of fungal keratitis. A CL can serve as a drug reservoir to continuously release drugs to the cornea, while limiting drug loss through tears, blinking, drainage and non-specific absorption. Areas covered: This review will provide a summary of currently available methods for delivering antifungal drugs from commercial and model CLs, including vitamin E coating, impregnated drug films, cyclodextrin-functionalized hydrogels, polyelectrolyte hydrogels and molecular imprinting. This review will also highlight some of the main factors that influence antifungal drug delivery with CLs. Expert opinion: Several novel CL materials have been developed, capable of extended drug release profiles with a wide range of antifungal drugs lasting from 8 h to as long as 21 days. However, there are factors, such as first-order release kinetics, effectiveness of continuous drug release, microbial resistance, ocular toxicity and potential complications from inserting a CL in an infected eye, that still need to be addressed before commercial applications can be realized. © Informa UK, Ltd.

Phan,C. -M, Subbaraman,L., Liu,S., Gu,F., Jones,L. In vitro uptake and release of natamycin Dex -b- PLA nanoparticles from model contact lens materials Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition 2014;25(1):18-31 [ Show Abstract ]

Purpose: To evaluate the uptake and release of the antifungal agent natamycin encapsulated within poly(D,L-lactide)-dextran nanoparticles (Dex-b-PLA NPs) from model contact lens (CL) materials. Methods: Six model CL materials (gel 1:poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate, pHEMA); gel 2:85% pHEMA: 15% [Tris(trimethylsiloxy)silyl]-propyl methacrylate (TRIS); gel 3: 75% pHEMA: 25% TRIS; gel 4: 85% N,N dimethylacrylamide (DMAA): 15% TRIS; gel 5:75% DMAA: 25% TRIS; and gel 6: DMAA) were prepared using a photoinitiation procedure. The gels were incubated in: (1) natamycin dissolved in deionized (DI) water and (2) natamycin encapsulated within Dex-b-PLA NPs in dimethylsulfoxide/DI water. Natamycin release from these materials was monitored using UV-visible spectrophotometry at 304 nm over 7 d. Results: Natamycin uptake by all model CL materials increased between 1 and 7 d (p < 0.001). The uptake of natamycin-NPs was higher than the uptake of the drug alone in DI water (p < 0.05). Drug release was higher in materials containing DMAA than pHEMA (p < 0.05). All gels loaded with natamycin-NPs also released more drug compared to gels soaked with natamycin in DI water (p < 0.001). After 1 h, CL materials loaded with natamycin alone released 28-82% of the total drug release. With the exception of gel 6, this burst released was reduced to 21-54% for CL materials loaded with natamycin-NPs. Conclusions: Model CL materials loaded with natamycin-Dex-b-PLA NPs were able to release natamycin for up to 12 h under infinite sink conditions. DMAA-TRIS materials may be more suitable for drug delivery of natamycin due to the higher drug release observed with these materials. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Phan,CM, Hui,A., Subbaraman,L., Jones,L. Insights to Using Contact Lenses for Drug Delivery Clin Exp Pharmacol 2014;3(145):2161-1459 [ Show Abstract ]

There has been considerable interest in the potential application of contact lenses for ocular drug delivery. This short communication provides an overview of the challenges faced by delivering drugs using contact lenses, highlights the solutions to limitations that have already been achieved, and describes the barriers that remain before commercial application can be realized.

2013

Phan,C. -M, Subbaraman,L. N., Jones,L. In vitro uptake and release of natamycin from conventional and silicone hydrogel contact lens materials Eye and Contact Lens 2013;39(2):162-168 [ Show Abstract ]

OBJECTIVES:: To investigate the uptake and release of the antifungal ocular drug, natamycin from commercially available conventional hydrogel (CH) and silicone hydrogel (SH) contact lens (CL) materials and to evaluate the effectiveness of this delivery method. METHODS:: Five commercial SH CLs (balafilcon A, comfilcon A, galyfilcon A, senofilcon A, and lotrafilcon B) and four CH CLs (etafilcon A, omafilcon A, polymacon, vifilcon A) were examined in this study. These lenses were incubated with natamycin solubilized in dimethyl sulfoxide, and the release of the drug from these lenses, in Unisol 4 pH 7.4 at 32±1 C, was determined using UV-visible spectrophotometry at 305 nm over 24 hours. RESULTS:: There was a significant uptake of natamycin between 0 hour and 24 hours (P0.05). There was a significant difference in release between all the SH materials (P0.05). There was a significant difference in release between all the SH materials (P0.05). There was a significant difference in release between all the SH materials (P0.05). Overall, the release of natamycin was higher in CH than SH lenses (P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS:: All CLs released clinically relevant concentrations of natamycin within 30 minutes, but this release reached a plateau after approximately 1 hour. Further CL material development will be necessary to produce a slow and sustained drug releasing device for the delivery of natamycin. © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Scientific Presentations

2019

Bose S, Phan CM, Rizwan M, Tse J, Yim E, Jones L. Release of FitC-Dextran from a MMP9-triggered material for corneal wound healing ISCLR, Singapore, 2019

Jones L, Yee A, Jabeen A, Subbaraman L, McCanna D, Phan CM. Novel in-vitro method to study bacterial interaction with contact lenses Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2019

Phan CM, Qiao H, Jones L. A simple method to synthesize PVA hydrogels Canadian Biomaterials Society, Quebec, 2019

Phan CM, Qiao H, Shinde R, Jones L. Development of an in vitro eye model with polyvinyl alcohol The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Vancouver, British Columbia, 2019

Phan CM, Qiao H, Shinde R, Jones L. Development of an eye model with polyvinyl alcohol Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2019;E-abstract 6326

Phan CM, Walther H, Jones L. Mass spectrometry detection of phosphatidyl choline from delefilcon A Canadian Biomaterials Society, Quebec, 2019

Phan CM, Walther H, Jones L. Development of a polymeric eye model for foreign body removal Canadian Biomaterials Society, Quebec, 2019

Phan CM, Walther H, Qiao H, Jones L. Development of a novel in vitro blink model Canadian Biomaterials Society, Quebec, 2019

Phan CM, Walther H, Qiao H, Jones L. The development of an eye model that truly blinks ISCLR, Singapore, 2019

Walther H, Chan V, Phan CM, Jones L. Modelling non-invasive tear break-up times of soft lenses using a sophisticated in vitroblink platform Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2019;E-abstract 6328

2018

Yee A, Jabeen A, Subbaraman L, McCanna D, Phan C-M, Jones L. Novel In-Vitro Method to Study Bacterial Interaction with Contact Lenses American Academy of Optometry, San Antonio, USA, 2018 [ Show Abstract ][ PDF ]

Purpose: Previous in-vitro studies have used a “soak” or closed vial method to assess bacterial binding to contact lenses (CL). The purpose of this study was to develop a novel in-vitro drip model to determine if bacterial adhesion to a CL material was possible. The novel in-vitro drip model would more closely resemble an accurate eye model in comparison to current methods undertaken.

Methods: The novel in-vitro drip method consists of a 5.5 mL syringe with saline solution and a flow rate controller dispensing 5 µl of saline solution containing the bacteria. The consistent drip volume is adjustable and mimics the normal human tear volume and flow. The solution flows through a silicone tube and onto a CL. The CL was placed on a sterile glass eyeball in an enclosed container to maintain the environment’s humidity. In the soak method, the CL was placed on top of a sterile glass eyeball and placed in the enclosed container with a 5 mL saline solution of 1.0 x 107 colony forming units (CFU)/mL. For both methods, lenses were incubated in the solution for 16 hours. After removal, the viable cells were diluted in serial dilutions. Aliquots of each dilution were plated on a trypticase soy agar plate and incubated for 24 hours at 37°C. After 24 hours, the CFU per lens were calculated manually under magnification.

Results: Using the in-vitro drip method, adhesion of Staphyloccocus aureus onto senofilcon A was successfully demonstrated. Preliminary analysis showed no significant difference (p = 0.34) between the drip and soak method when compared at high CFU/mL.

Conclusion: The novel drip method is a promising alternative to the conventional soak method, as this model is closer to the contamination that would occur in a human eye. The drip method may be an acceptable method of testing once the method can be further developed and tested in future studies, using a variety of lenses and bacteria.

2017

Gorbet M, Toameh D, Zhang J, Phan C-M, Walther H, Jones L. Development of a dynamic co-culture ocular cell in vitro model for ocular biocompatibility testing Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2017;E-Abstract 4727

2016

Phan C-M, Walther H, Riederer D, Smith R, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Determination of the release of wetting agents from nelfilcon a using a novel in vitro eye model Optom Vis Sci 2016;93: E-abstract 165114 [ PDF ]

Phan C, Bajgrowicz M, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Release of moxifloxacin from daily disposable contact lenses using an in vitro eye model: Impact of artificial tear fluid composition and mechanical rubbing Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57: E-abstract 1474 [ PDF ]

Qiao H, Phan C-M, Walther H, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Localizing lysozyme deposition on contact lenses using a novel in vitro eye model Optom Vis Sci 2016;93: E-abstract 160100

Walther H, Phan C-M, Qiao H, Liu Y, Subbaraman L, Jones L. In vitro eye model to simulate the impact of blinking on contact lens deposition and drug delivery Optom Vis Sci 2016;93: E-abstract 160101

Walther H, Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Cholesterol Penetration into Daily Disposable Contact Lenses Using a Novel In Vitro Eye-Blink Model Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016;57: E-abstract 1476 [ PDF ]

2015

Bajgrowicz M, Phan C, McCanna D, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Effects of antifungal soaked silicone hydrogel contact lenses on Candida albicans in an agar eye model ISCLR Budapest, Hungary, 2015

Bajgrowicz M, Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Release of ciprofloxacin and moxifloxacin from daily disposable contact lenses using an in vitro eye model Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2015;56: E-abstract 6085 [ PDF ]

Phan C, Jones L, Subbaraman L, Bajgrowicz M. Release of fluconazole from daily disposable contact lenses using a novel in vitro eye model Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2015;56: E-abstract 3085

Phan C, Walther H, Gao H, Bajgrowicz M, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Developing a novel in vitro eye-blink platform for drug delivery and deposition research ISCLR Budapest, Hungary, 2015

Walther H, Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Cholesterol Penetration into Daily Disposable Contact Lenses Using a Novel In Vitro Eye-Blink Model ISCLR Budapest, Hungary, 2015

2014

Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Delivery of natamycin using cyclodextrin functionalized contact lenses Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2014;55: E-abstract 4643 [ PDF ]

2013

Hall B, Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L, Forrest J. Extraction versus in situ techniques for measuring surface adsorbed lysozyme Canadian Optometry Schools Research Conference, Waterloo, Canada, 2013

Hall B, Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Forrest J. Direct comparison between in situ versus extraction techniques for measuring absorbed proteins: Application to lysozome deposited onto hydrogel contact lenses Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013;54: E-Abstract 5467

Phan C, Lui S, Gu F, Jones L. In vitro uptake and release of Natamycin dex-b-PLA nanoparticles from silicone hydrogel contact lens materials 20/20 NSERC ophthalmic materials conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, 2013

Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Delivery of natamycin using cyclodextrin functionalized contact lenses NSERC 20/20 Meeting, 2013

Phan C, Subbaraman L, Jones L, Liu S, Gu F. In vitro uptake and release of natamycin dex-b-pla nanoparticles from silicone hydrogel contact lens materials Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013;54: E-Abstract 501

Phan C, Subbaraman L, Liu S, Gu F, Jones L. Drug delivery of natamycin from contact lens materials using Dex-b-PLA nanoparticles ISCLR conference, Kyoto, Japan, 2013

Phan C, Subbaraman L, Liu S, Gu F, Jones L. In vitro uptake and release of natamycin Dex-b-PLA nanoparticles from silicone hydrogel contact lens materials Canadian Optometry Schools Research Conference, Waterloo, Canada, 2013

2012

Phan C, Jacob J, Subbaraman L, Jones L. Visualizing the uptake and release of natamycin from commercial contact lenses using confocal microscopy 2020 NSERC ophthalmic materials conference, Burlington, Canada, 2012

Professional Publications

2012

Phan C. Delivering cyclosporine A from contact lenses: An article review ContactLensUpdate.com 2012