PURPOSE. To examine the deposition of tear phospholipids and cholesterol onto worn contact lenses and the effect of lens material and lens care solution.
METHODS. Lipids were extracted from tears and worn contact lenses using 2: 1 chloroform: methanol and the extract washed with aqueous ammonium acetate, before analysis by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS).
RESULTS. Twenty-three molecular lipids from the sphingomyelin (SM) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) classes were detected in tears, with total concentrations of each class determined to be 5 +/- 1 pmol/mu L (similar to 3.8 mu g/mL) and 6 +/- 1 pmol/mu L (similar to 4.6 mu g/mL),respectively. The profile of individual phospholipids in both of these classes was shown to be similar in contact lens deposits. Deposition of representative polar and nonpolar lipids were shown to be significantly higher on senofilcon A contact lenses, with similar to 59 ng/lens SM, 195 ng/lens PC, and 9.9 mu g/lens cholesterol detected, whereas balafilcon A lens extracts contained similar to 19 ng/lens SM, 19 ng/lens PC, and 3.9 mu g/lens cholesterol. Extracts from lenses disinfected and cleaned with two lens care solutions showed no significant differences in total PC and SM concentrations; however, a greater proportion of PC than SM was observed, compared with that in tears.
CONCLUSIONS. Phospholipid deposits extracted from worn contact lenses show a molecular profile similar to that in tears. The concentration of representative polar and nonpolar lipids deposited onto contact lenses is significantly affected by lens composition. There is a differential efficacy in the removal of PC and SM with lens care solutions. (Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010; 51: 2843-2851) DOI:10.1167/iovs.09-4609