Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo

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Juan Gonzalo
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Carracedo Rodríguez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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Óptica y Optometría
Optometría y Visión
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  • Publication
    A review of international medical device regulations: Contact lenses and lens care solutions
    (Elsevier, 2018-11-14) Zaki, Marina; Pardo, Jesús; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo
    Medical devices are under strict regulatory oversight worldwide and such regulations prioritise patient safety and efficacy over anything else. Contact lenses fall under the medical device category - a result of direct contact with the eye. Equally regulated are the contact lens care product solutions, which include cleaning and maintenance solutions and lubricating and rewetting drops. In the USA, it is the FDA Centre for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) overseeing the regulations of medical devices, since 1976. In the European Union, it is the EU Commission responsible for regulating devices in Member States. The categorisation of contact lenses into medical devices is based on their inherent risk to the wearer. Contact lenses are subject to crucial regulatory oversight from concept to clinical evaluation, clinical investigations through to the finished lens product, and finally, strict conditions associated with their marketing approval including post-marketing surveillance. The physiochemical and manufacturing testing, such as biocompatibility testing alongside pre-clinical stability, sterility and microbiological testing are just some of the essential testing lenses must endure. Only through understanding the inherent risks and potential complications that can arise from contact lens wear, can one truly appreciate the need to adhere to strict regulations. The challenge however, lies in the need for more standardised regulations and flexible approaches, ensuring innovative device technologies reach patients in a timely manner without compromising public health and safety. This review highlights some key requirement, differences and similarities between the FDA and EU administrations in the approval of contact lenses.
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    Comparison of Intraocular Pressure before and after Laser In Situ Keratomileusis Refractive Surgery Measured with Perkins Tonometry, Noncontact Tonometry, and Transpalpebral Tonometry
    (Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2015) Cacho, Isabel; Sánchez Naves, Juan; Batres Valderas, Laura; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Pintor Just, Jesús
    Purpose. To compare the intraocular pressure (IOP) before and after Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), measured by Diaton, Perkins, and noncontact air pulse tonometers. Methods. Fifty-seven patients with a mean age of 34.88 were scheduled for myopia LASIK treatment. Spherical equivalent refraction (SER), corneal curvature (K), and central corneal thickness (CCT) and superior corneal thickness (SCT) were obtained before and after LASIK surgery. IOP values before and after surgery were measured using Diaton, Perkins, and noncontact air pulse tonometers. Results. The IOP values before and after LASIK surgery using Perkins tonometer and air tonometers were statistically significant (). However, no significant differences were found () for IOP values measured with Diaton tonometer. CCT decreases significantly after surgery () but no statistical differences were found in SCT (). Correlations between pre- and postsurgery were found for all tonometers used, with and for the air pulse tonometer, and for Perkins, and and for Diaton. Conclusion. Transpalpebral tonometry may be useful for measuring postsurgery IOP after myopic LASIK ablation because this technique is not influenced by the treatment.
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    Corneal Confocal Analysis after Scleral Lens Wear in Keratoconus Patients: A Pilot Study
    (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2022-11) Serramito Blanco, María; Cañadas Suárez, Pilar; Villa Collar, César; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo
    SIGNIFICANCE: Scleral lenses rely on the scleroconjunctival region without bearing the cornea, which could improve the symptoms and modify the corneal nerve plexus morphology. PURPOSE : This study aimed to evaluate symptoms and changes in corneal nerve plexus morphology and density of Langerhans cells in keratoconus patients with and without intrastromal corneal ring before and after scleral lens wear. METHODS : Sixteen scleral lens wearers with keratoconus were recruited for this short-term experimental pilot study. Subjects were divided into two groups: keratoconus group and intrastromal corneal ring segment group. All subjects were examined in two visits: baseline (before scleral lens wear) and after 6 months of scleral lens wear, after lens removal. The Schirmer I test, the Ocular Surface Disease Index, tear breakup time, and in vivo confocal microscopy were evaluated. RESULTS: The mean age was 42.33 ± 11.27 years. A significant decrease in tear breakup time was found in the total group (P = .01, Wilcoxon) compared with baseline. Ocular Surface Disease Index score had decreased after 6 months of scleral lens wear in the keratoconus with intrastromal corneal ring segment subgroup (P = .03, Wilcoxon) and in the total group (P = .001, Wilcoxon). No statistical changes in nerve density, tortuosity, and ramification were found for either the total group or the subgroup. However, the mean nerve length was higher in all groups, especially in the keratoconus subgroup (P = .03, Wilcoxon) after 6 months of scleral lens wear. Regarding optical density, the total group showed a significant increase after 6 months of wearing (P = .02, Wilcoxon). Finally, Langerhans cell density was not statistically different in any group. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that scleral lens wearing improves the symptoms and increased the mean length nerves after 6 months of wear use in keratoconus patients.
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    Comparison Between Viscous Teardrops and Saline Solution to Fill Orthokeratology Contact Lenses Before Overnight Wear
    (Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc, 2018-09) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Villa Collar, César; Martín Gil, Alba; Serramito Blanco, María; Santamaría, Leticia
    Objective: To compare, in terms of efficacy, the differences between the use of saline solution and a viscous artificial tear to fill the lens during the first month of orthokeratology wear. Methods: A pilot, double-masked, crossed, randomized, and prospective study was conducted. In this study, 20 subjects (14 males and 6 females) with a mean age of 16.29±6.22 years (range, 10–26) were fitted with orthokeratology contact lenses. For the study, nonpreserved 0.9% NaCl commercial saline solution (Avizor, Madrid, Spain) and nonpreserved artificial teardrops with 0.3% of hyaluronic acid (Ocudry 0.3%; Avizor, Madrid, Spain) were used. Corneal staining, tear break up time (TBUT), topography, refraction, visual acuity, and subjective comfort and vision with the visual analog scale (score from 0 to 10, being 10 better comfort and vision) were evaluated at 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month of contact lens wear. Results: The corneal staining was statistically greater in the saline group than in the Ocudry group for the first day and during 1 week of wear (P<0.05). Comfort was found to be statistically better, with Ocudry 0.3% than saline solution, being 7.17±1.94 and 6.37±1.63, for the first day, and 8.78±0.43 and 8.15±0.62 for the day 28, respectively (P<0.05). However, no differences were found for subjective vision scores, TBUT, spherical equivalent, best-corrected visual acuity and uncorrected visual acuity, and mean keratometry between groups for any visit (P>0.05). Conclusion: Viscous artificial tears improve the subjective comfort of patients and reduce the corneal staining, compared with saline solution during the orthokeratology lenses fitting process. However, no differences between solutions for the treatment efficacy, in vision and corneal topography, were found.
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    Symptoms and Signs in Rigid Gas Permeable Lens Wearers During Adaptation Period
    (Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc., 2016-03-01) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Martín Gil, Alba; Peixoto de Matos, Sofía C.; Abejón Gil, Pilar; Macedo de Araújo, Rute Juliana; González Méijome, José Manuel
    Objectives: To evaluate neophyte contact lens wearers' fitting to rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses in terms of wearing time, tear volume, stability, corneal staining, and subjective ratings, over a 1-month period of time. Methods: Twenty-two young healthy subjects were enrolled for wearing RGP on a daily wear basis. The participants included in this study never wore contact lenses and showed a value under 10 in McMonnies Questionnaire. Contact Lens Dry Eye Questionnaire, Visual Analog Scales, Schirmer test, tear film break-up time (BUT), and corneal staining grading were performed. Follow-up visits were scheduled at 1, 7, 15, and 28 days. Results: Six subjects dropped out due to discomfort from the study before 1 month (27% of discontinuation rate). Successful RGP wearers (16 participants) achieved high levels of subjective vision and reported comfort scores of approximately 9 of 10 between 10 and 15 days. They reported wearing their lenses for an average of 10.12±2.43 hr after 1 month of wear. Conversely, unsuccessful wearers discontinued wearing the lenses after the first 10 to 15 days, showing comfort scores and wearing time significantly lower compared with the first day of wear. Schirmer test showed a significant increase at 10 days (P<0.001), and the BUT trends decreased after the first week of wear in unsuccessful group. Conclusions: Symptomatology related with dryness and discomfort, detected during the first 10 days of the adaptation, may help the clinician to predict those participants who will potentially fail to adapt to RGP lens wear.
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    Overnight Orthokeratology: Technology, Efficiency, Safety, and Myopia Control
    (HINDAWI PUBLISHING CORPORATION, 2019) Villa Collar, César; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Chen, Zhi; González Méijome, José Manuel
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    Differences in Dry Eye Questionnaire Symptoms in Two Different Modalities of Contact Lens Wear: Silicone-Hydrogel in Daily Wear Basis and Overnight Orthokeratology
    (Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2016-08) García Porta, Nery; Rico del Viejo, Laura; Martín Gil, Alba; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Pintor, Jesús; González-Méijome, José Manuel
    Purpose. To compare the ocular surface symptoms and signs in an adult population of silicone-hydrogel (Si-Hy) contact lens (CL) wearers with another modality of CL wear, overnight orthokeratology (OK). Materials and Methods. This was a prospective and comparative study in which 31 myopic subjects were fitted with the same Si-Hy CL and 23 underwent OK treatment for 3 months. Dry eye questionnaire (DEQ) was filled in at the beginning of the study and then after 15 days, 1 month, and 3 months using each CL modality. The tear quality was evaluated with noninvasive tear break-up time. Tear production was measured with Schirmer test. Tear samples were collected with Schirmer strips being frozen to analyze the dinucleotide diadenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) concentration with High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). Results. After refitting with ortho-k, a reduction in discomfort and dryness symptoms at the end of the day (, ) was observed. No significant changes were observed in Ap4A concentration in any group. Bulbar redness, limbal redness, and conjunctival staining increased significantly in the Si-Hy group (, Kruskal–Wallis test). Conclusion. Discomfort and dryness symptoms at the end of the day are lower in the OK CL group than in the Si-Hy CL group.
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    Clinical Performance of a New Hybrid Contact Lens for Keratoconus
    (Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc., 2014-01) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; González-Méijome, José Manuel; Lopes Ferreira, Daniela P.; Carballo Álvarez, Jesús; Batres Valderas, Laura
    OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical performance of the Clearkone hybrid contact lens for the treatment of keratoconus against the habitual contact lens of the patients. METHODS: A total of 33 eyes from 18 patients were fitted with the Clearkone. High- and low-contrast visual acuity (HCVA and LCVA), central corneal thickness (CCT), and contrast sensitivity acuity (CSF) were recorded with habitual lenses (prestudy visit) and after 1 week, 15 days, and 1 month of wear of prescribed Clearkone. Subjective vision and comfort were rated using visual analogue scales (VAS). RESULTS: Three patients discontinued the study, one because of diffuse corneal staining after 1 day of use and the other two because of extreme discomfort. The rest of the patients completed the 1-month study. High contrast visual acuity and LCVA (logMAR) improved significantly from 0.16 ± 0.12 and 0.44 ± 0.22, respectively, with the patient's habitual contact lenses to -0.006 ± 0.058 and 0.23 ± 0.13 after 1 day wearing Clearkone, remaining significant during all follow-up visits (P<0.001; repeated measures analysis of variance [RM-ANOVA]). There were no statistically significant differences in the mean CCT. The improvement of CSF was statistically significant with hybrid contact lenses prescribed compared with the patient's habitual contact lenses (P<0.001; RM-ANOVA test). Improvement in VAS score, with prescribed Clearkone, was statistically significant for comfort (P=0.043; RM-ANOVA test), but not for the subjective vision (P=0.759; RM-ANOVA test). CONCLUSIONS: Clearkone provides an improvement in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and subjective comfort in patients with keratoconus when compared with other contact lens options. However, clinicians must get specific training to fit the lens and be aware of potential adverse events.
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    In vitro and in vivo delivery of the secretagogue diadenosine tetraphosphate from conventional and silicone hydrogel soft contact lenses
    (Spanish General Council of Optometrists, 2013-10) Dominguez Godínez, Carmen Olalla; Martin-Gil, Alba; Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Guzmán Aranguez, Ana María; Gonzalez-Meijome, Jose Manuel; Pintor, Jesús
    Purpose To evaluate the possible use of soft contact lenses (CL) to improve the secretagogue role of diadenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) promoting tear secretion. Methods Two conventional hydrogel CL (Omafilcon A and Ocufilcon D) and two silicone hydrogel (SiH) CL (Comfilcon A and Balafilcon A) were used. Ap4A was loaded into the lenses by soaking in a 1 mM Ap4A solution during 12 h. In vitro experiments were performed by placing the lenses in multi-wells during 2 h containing 1 ml of ultrapure water. 100 μl aliquots were taken at time zero and every minute for the first 10 min, and then every 15 min. In vivo experiments were performed in New Zealand rabbits and both the dinucleotide release from SiH and tear secretion were measured by means of Schirmer strips and high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. Results Ap4A in vitro release experiments in hydrogel CL presented a release time 50 (RT50) of 3.9 ± 0.2 min and 3.1 ± 0.1 min for the non-ionic and the ionic CL, respectively. SiH CL released also Ap4A with RT50 values of 5.1 ± 0.1 min for the non-ionic and 2.7 ± 0.1 min for the ionic CL. In vivo experiments with SiH CL showed RT50 values of 9.3 ± 0.2 min and 8.5 ± 0.2 min for the non-ionic and the ionic respectively. The non-ionic lens Ap4A release was able to induce tear secretion above baseline tear levels for almost 360 min. Conclusion The delivery of Ap4A is slower and the effect lasts longer with non-ionic lenses than ionic lenses.
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    The Topographical Effect of Optical Zone Diameter in Orthokeratology Contact Lenses in High Myopes
    (Hindawi, 2019-01-02) Carracedo Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalo; Espinosa Vidal, Teresa M.; Martínez Alberquilla, Irene; Batres Valderas, Laura
    Purpose. To evaluate the effect of the optical zone diameter (OZ) in orthokeratology contact lenses regarding the topographical profile in patients with high myopia (−4.00 D to −7.00 D) and to study its effect over the visual quality. Materials and Methods. Twelve patients (18 eyes) were fitted with overnight orthokeratology (OrthoK) with a randomized 6 mm or 5 mm OZ lens worn for 2 weeks, followed by a 2-week washout period, between both designs. Keratometry (K) readings, optical zone treatment diameter (OZT), peripheral ring width (PRW), higher-order aberrations (HOA), high (HC) and low contrast (LC) visual acuity, and subjective vision and comfort were measured at baseline and after 2 weeks of OrthoK lens wear of each contact lens. Results. No significant differences were found between any measurements for the same subject at both baselines ( value > 0.05). There was no difference between OZ lens designs found in refraction, subjective vision or comfort, and HC and LC visual acuity. Contrast sensitivity was decreased in the 5 mm OZ lens design compared with 6 mm OZ design (-value < 0.05). 5 mm OZ design provoked a greater flattening, more powerful midperipheral ring and 4th-order corneal and total spherical aberration than the 6 mm OZ design, being statistically significant after 7 days, for corneal aberration, and 15 days, for corneal and total, of wearing the lens (-value < 0.05). The OZT obtained were 2.8 ± 0.2 mm and 3.1 ± 0.1 mm for 5 mm and 6 mm OZ design, respectively (-value < 0.05). Regarding PRW, the 5 mm OZ design had a wider ring width in both the nasal and temporal zones (-value < 0.05). Conclusions. A smaller diameter optical zone (5 mm) in orthokeratology lenses produces a smaller treatment area and a larger and more powerful midperipheral ring, increasing the 4th-order spherical aberration that affects only the contrast sensitivity but without differences in visual acuity and subjective vision compared with a larger OZ diameter (6 mm).