CCLRU standards for success of daily and extended wear contact lenses

Optom Vis Sci. 1993 Mar;70(3):234-43. doi: 10.1097/00006324-199303000-00011.


Success in contact lens wear is often judged on the basis of patient "survival" rather than the achievement of satisfactory performance based on specific criteria. In 1971, Sarver and Harris defined a series of standards for successful polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) lens wear which incorporated criteria for wearing time, comfort, vision, ocular tissue changes, and patient appearance. In this paper we propose a revision of these criteria based on current understanding of the ocular response to contact lens wear. These revised CCLRU (Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit) standards for success are intended as realistic performance objectives, and can be applied in clinical trials to evaluate and compare the clinical performance of present and future rigid and soft contact lenses, worn for daily and extended wear.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contact Lenses / standards*
  • Contact Lenses, Extended-Wear / standards*
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction