EP0680895B1 - Blister package for an optical lens - Google Patents

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EP0680895B1
EP0680895B1 EP95810270A EP95810270A EP0680895B1 EP 0680895 B1 EP0680895 B1 EP 0680895B1 EP 95810270 A EP95810270 A EP 95810270A EP 95810270 A EP95810270 A EP 95810270A EP 0680895 B1 EP0680895 B1 EP 0680895B1
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Sharla Borghorst
Erich Dr. Baumann
John Dr. Golby
Peter Dr. Hagmann
Peter Dr. Herbrechtsmeier
Otto Dr. Kretzschmar
Bernhard Dr. Seiferling
Michele De Lucchi
Torsten Fritze
Masahiko Cubo
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D77/00Packages formed by enclosing articles or materials in preformed containers, e.g. boxes, cartons, sacks or bags
    • B65D77/10Container closures formed after filling
    • B65D77/20Container closures formed after filling by applying separate lids or covers, i.e. flexible membrane or foil-like covers
    • B65D77/2024Container closures formed after filling by applying separate lids or covers, i.e. flexible membrane or foil-like covers the cover being welded or adhered to the container
    • B65D77/2028Means for opening the cover other than, or in addition to, a pull tab
    • B65D77/2032Means for opening the cover other than, or in addition to, a pull tab by peeling or tearing the cover from the container
    • B65D77/2036Means for opening the cover other than, or in addition to, a pull tab by peeling or tearing the cover from the container the seal having a stress concentrating portion
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D1/00Containers having bodies formed in one piece, e.g. by casting metallic material, by moulding plastics, by blowing vitreous material, by throwing ceramic material, by moulding pulped fibrous material, by deep-drawing operations performed on sheet material
    • B65D1/22Boxes or like containers with side walls of substantial depth for enclosing contents
    • B65D1/26Thin-walled containers, e.g. formed by deep-drawing operations
    • B65D1/30Groups of containers joined together end-to-end or side-by-side
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D2585/00Containers, packaging elements or packages specially adapted for particular articles or materials
    • B65D2585/54Containers, packaging elements or packages specially adapted for particular articles or materials for articles of special shape not otherwise provided for
    • B65D2585/545Contact lenses
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
    • Y10STECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10S134/00Cleaning and liquid contact with solids
    • Y10S134/901Contact lens

Description

  • Die vorliegende Erfindung betrifft eine Blisterpackung für eine optische Linse, insbesondere eine weiche hydrophile Kontaktlinse, gemäss dem Oberbegriff des unabhängigen Patentanspruchs. The present invention relates to a blister pack for an optical lens, especially a soft hydrophilic contact lens, according to the preamble of the independent claim.
  • Weiche hydrophile Kontaktlinsen werden im allgemeinen aus hydrophilem Polymermaterial wie zB Copolymeren von Hydroxyethylmethacrylat (HEMA) hergestellt und können je nach Polymerzusammensetzung einen Wassergehalt von 20% bis 90% und mehr aufweisen. Soft hydrophilic contact lenses are generally manufactured from hydrophilic polymer material such as copolymers of hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and, depending on polymer composition has a water content of 20% to 90% and more have. Solche Kontaktlinsen müssen in einer sterilen wässrigen Lösung, üblicherweise einer isotonischen Kochsalzlösung, aufbewahrt und gelagert werden, um Austrocknung zu vermeiden und die Linsen gebrauchsfertig zu halten. Such contact lenses must be kept in a sterile aqueous solution, usually an isotonic saline solution and stored in order to avoid dehydration and to keep the lenses ready to use.
  • In der US-A-4 691 820 (EP-B-0 223 581) ist eine für solche weichen hydrophilen Kontaktlinsen bestimmte Blisterpackung der gattungsgemässen Art beschrieben. In US-A-4,691,820 (EP-B-0223581) a particular of such soft hydrophilic contact lens blister package of the generic type is described. Der die Kontaktlinse aufnehmende Hauptraum des Hohlraumes dieser Packung ist ausdrücklich nicht an die Gestalt der Kontaktlinse angepasst. The contact lens-receiving space of the main cavity of the dispenser is not adapted to the shape of the contact lens. Zur Erleichterung der Entnahme der Kontaktlinse ist der Hohlraum mit einer einen Nebenraum bilden den Gleitrampe in Form einer die gesamte Breite des Hohlraums einnehmenden Schrägfläche versehen, die sich vom Boden des Hauptraums bis in die Ebene des Flansches erstreckt. To facilitate the removal of the contact lens of the cavity with a one side room is forming the sliding ramp in the form of providing the entire width of the cavity engaging inclined surface which extends from the bottom of the main chamber into the plane of the flange. Diese Packung bedarf aufgrund ihrer spezifischen Form eines unnötig grossen Volumens an Aufbewahrungslösung und ist ausserdem, wie Praxisversuche gezeigt haben, immer noch relativ umständlich in ihrer praktischen Handhabung, wobei es relativ leicht passieren kann, dass die Aufbewahrungslösung während des Öffnens der Packung verschüttet wird. This pack needs due to their specific form of an unnecessarily large volume of storage solution and is also, as shown by practical tests, still relatively complicated in their practical use, and it can relatively easily happen that the storage solution is spilled during the opening of the package.
  • Durch die vorliegende Erfindung sollen nun diese Nachteile der bekannten Blisterpackung vermieden werden. The present invention, these disadvantages of the known blister pack will now be avoided. Konkret soll dabei eine Blisterpackung der gattungsgemässen Art hinsichtlich ihrer praktischen Handhabbarkeit und ihres Bedarfs an Aufbewahrungslösung verbessert werden. In concrete terms, thereby improving storage solution to a blister pack of the generic type in terms of their practical handling and its needs.
  • Die erfindungsgemässe Blisterpackung, die dieser Aufgabenstellung genügt, ist im unabhängigen Anspruch definiert. The blister pack according to the invention which satisfies this task is defined in the independent claim. Vorteilhafte Weiterbildungen und Ausgestaltungen ergeben sich aus den abhängigen Ansprüchen. Advantageous developments and embodiments are evident from the dependent claims.
  • Die erfindungsgemässe Ausbildung des Hohlraums in Tropfenform erlaubt einerseits aufgrund ihres schräg ansteigenden Verlaufs eine besonders bequeme Entnahme der Kontaktlinse aus dem Basisteil und ermöglicht anderseits wegen der nahen Anpassung der Hohlraumform an die Gestalt der Kontaktlinse, mit einem extrem niedrigen Volumen an Aufbewahrungslösung auszukommen. The inventive design of the cavity in drop form allows one hand, due to their obliquely rising course a particularly convenient removal of the contact lens from the base portion and allows the other hand, because of the close matching of the cavity mold to the shape of the contact lens to make do with an extremely low volume of storage solution.
  • Durch die Ausbildung gemäss Anspruch 2 wird eine besonders leichte Erfassbarkeit der Deckschicht zum Zwecke des Abziehens derselben vom Basisteil erreicht. The embodiment according to claim 2, a particularly easy detectability of the top layer for the purpose of peeling is achieved by the same base member.
  • Das Stützelement gemäss Anspruch 3 verleiht der erfindungsgemässen Blisterpackung eine hohe Kippstabilität, wenn sie beim Öffnen auf einer Unterlage aufgelegt ist. The support element according to claim 3 provides a high level of stability of the inventive blister pack when it is placed in opening on a base. Dasselbe gilt für das hintere Stützelement gemäss Anspruch 4. The same applies to the rear support element according to claim. 4
  • Die seitlichen Griffelemente gemäss Anspruch 5 erleichtern das Festhalten der Blisterpackung während des Öffnungsvorgangs in der Hand. The lateral handle elements according to claim 5 facilitate retention of the blister pack during the opening process in the hand.
  • Die paarweise stapelbare Ausbildung der Blisterpackung gemäss Anspruch 6 erlaubt eine platzsparende Unterbringung mehrerer Blisterpackungen in einer Schachtel oder einer ähnlichen Überverpackung. The paired stackable formation of the blister pack according to claim 6 allows a space-saving accommodation of several blister packs in a carton or similar overwrap.
  • Die in den Ansprüchen 7-10 beschriebenen Ausgestaltungen des Basisteils und der Stützelemente tragen zu einer besonders ergonomischen und praktischen Handhabbarkeit der Blisterpackung bei. The embodiments described in claims 7-10 of the base part and the support elements contribute to a particularly ergonomic and practical handling of the blister pack.
  • Die Aneinanderreihung mehrerer Blisterpackungen gemäss Anspruch 11 stellt eine besonders ökonomische und zweckmässige Verpackungsform dar. The concatenation of several blister packs according to claim 11 constitutes a particularly economic and expedient package form.
  • Weitere Details und Vorteile der erfindungsgemässen Blisterpackung ergeben sich aus der nachstehenden detaillierten Beschreibung eines Ausführungsbeispiels in Verbindung mit der Zeichnung. Further details and advantages of the inventive blister pack will be apparent from the following detailed description of an embodiment taken in conjunction with the drawings. In dieser zeigen: In which:
  • Fig.1 Fig.1
    eine Schrägansicht der erfindungsgemässen Bisterpackung, an oblique view of the inventive Bisterpackung,
    Fig.2 Fig.2
    eine Ansicht des Basisteils der Blisterpackung von oben in Richtung des Pfeils II der Fig. 1, a view of the base part of the blister pack from above in the direction of arrow II of FIG. 1,
    Fig.3 Figure 3
    eine Seitenansicht des Basisteils in Richtung des Pfeils III der Fig.2, a side view of the base part in the direction of arrow III of Figure 2,
    Fig.4 Figure 4
    eine Seitenansicht des Basisteils von hinten in Richtung des Pfeils IV der Fig.2, a side view of the base part from behind in the direction of arrow IV of Figure 2,
    Fig.5 Figure 5
    einen Längsschnitt durch die Blisterpackung nach der Linie VV der Fig.2, a longitudinal section through the blister pack according to the line VV of Figure 2,
    Fig.6 Figure 6
    einen Querschnitt durch die Blisterpackung nach der Linie VI-VI der Fig.2, a cross-section through the blister pack along the line VI-VI of Figure 2,
    Fig.7 Figure 7
    einen Längsschnitt analog Fig.5 durch zwei in einander gestapelte Blisterpackungen und a longitudinal section similar to Figure 5 by two stacked blister packs and
    Fig.8 Figure 8
    eine Draufsicht auf fünf Seite an Seite aneinandergereihte, durch eine gemeinsame durchgehende Deckschicht verbundene Blisterpackungen. a plan view of five side-by-side strung together, connected by a common continuous cover layer blisters.
  • Die Blisterpackung besteht darstellungsgemäss aus einem Basisteil B und einer Deckschicht D. Der Basisteil B umfasst einen Hohlraum C, der eine weiche hydrophile Kontaktlinse L und eine für den Linsentyp geeignete sterile Aufbewahrungslösung S aufnimmt, sowie einen im wesentlichen ebenen Flansch 1, der sich aussen rund um den Hohlraum C erstreckt bzw. diesen umgibt. The blister pack consists accordance with the illustration of a base portion B and a cover layer D. The base portion B comprises a cavity C, which houses a soft hydrophilic contact lens L and a suitable for the lens type sterile storage solution S, and a substantially planar flange 1, the outer, approximately extends around the cavity C or surrounds the latter. Die ebenfalls flache Deckschicht D ist mit dem Flansch 1 in einer sich um den Umfang des Hohlraums C erstreckenden Versiegelungszone 2 lösbar versiegelt. The flat also cover layer D is sealed to the flange 1 in a line extending around the periphery of the cavity C seal zone 2 detachably. Der Flansch 1 ist an einer Seite des Hohlraums C etwas breiter ausgebildet und weist dort einen Griffbereich 3 auf, der sich vom Hohlraum C weg über die Versiegelungszone 2 hinaus erstreckt und von einem entsprechenden Griffbereich 4 der Deckschicht D überdeckt ist. The flange 1 is formed slightly wider at one side of the cavity C and there includes a grip portion 3, which is extending away from the cavity C through the sealing zone 2 and also covered by a corresponding grip region 4 of the covering layer D. In diesen Griffbereichen 3 und 4 sind der Basisteil B bzw. dessen Flansch 1 und die Deckschicht D nicht mit einander versiegelt, so dass die Deckschicht an dieser Stelle einfach vom Flansch abgehoben und dann weiter vom Basisteil abgezogen werden kann. In these gripping areas 3 and 4 of the base part B or its flange 1 and the covering layer D are not sealed with each other so that the top layer can be at this point simply lifted from the flange, and then further peeled from the base part. Die beiden Griffbereiche 3 und 4 des Flansches 1 und der Deckschicht D dienen als Greifmittel zum Abtrennen der Deckschicht vom Basisteil bzw. dessen Flansch. The two handle portions 3 and 4 of the flange 1 and the covering layer D serve as gripping means for separating the covering layer from the base part or its flange. In Figur 1 ist die Deckschicht D teilweise vom Basisteil abgezogen dargestellt. In Figure 1, the top layer D is shown partially withdrawn from the base part.
  • Soweit, dh in dieser allgemeinen Form, entspricht die erfindungsgemässe Blisterpackung voll und ganz den zB aus der schon eingangs erwähnten US-A-4 691 820 bekannten herkömmlichen Blisterpackungen für Kontaktlinsen. To the extent, that in this general form, the inventive blister pack is fully consistent with the example from the already mentioned US-A-4,691,820 known conventional blister packs for contact lenses. Der Basisteil B kann im Spritzgiess- oder Tiefziehverfahren zB aus Polypropylen hergestellt sein. The base portion B may be made from polypropylene by injection molding or thermoforming process, for example. Die Deckschicht D kann zB ein Laminat aus einer Aluminiumfolie und einer Polypropylenfolie sein. The cover layer D can be for example a laminate of aluminum foil and a polypropylene film. Die Deckschicht kann einen Aufdruck mit Angaben über die in der Packung enthaltene Kontaktlinse oder sonstigen Informationen für den Endverbraucher oder den Händler tragen. The top layer may carry an imprint with details of the information contained in the pack contact lens or other information for the end user or the dealer. Die Versiegelung der Deckschicht mit dem Basisteil bzw. dessen Flansch kann durch Temperatur- oder Ultraschall-Beaufschlagung oder mittels eines anderen geeigneten Klebeverfahrens erfolgen. The sealing of the covering layer with the base part or its flange may be effected by temperature or applying ultrasound or by means of other suitable bonding process. Weitere geeignete Materialien und Verfahren zur Herstellung einer solchen Blisterpackung sind dem Fachmann bekannt und zum Beispiel in der schon genannten US-A-4 691 820 beschrieben. Other suitable materials and methods for manufacturing such a blister package are known in the art and described for example in the already mentioned US-A-4,691,820.
  • Die Unterschiede der erfindungsgemässen Blisterpackung gegenüber den herkömmlichen Blisterpackungen der gattungsgemässen Art bestehen im wesentlichen in der speziellen Ausgestaltung des Basisteils B. Die folgenden detaillierten Erläuterungen konzentrieren sich daher vor allem darauf. The differences of the inventive blister pack over conventional blister packs of the generic type consist essentially in the special configuration of the base B. Therefore, the following detailed discussion focuses primarily on.
  • Die Ausbildung des Basisteils B bzw. dessen Flansches 1 ist am besten aus der Draufsicht gemäss Figur 2 erkennbar. The formation of the base part B or its flange 1 is best seen from the plan view according to FIG. 2 Der ebene Flansch 1 hat eine im weitesten Sinn etwa rechteckige Gestalt und ist an seinen beiden Seiten durch zwei parallele, im wesentliche gerade Kanten 5 und 6 begrenzt. The planar flange 1 has an approximately rectangular shape in the broadest sense and is at its both sides by two parallel, straight limiting the essential edges 5 and 6. FIG. An seinen beiden anderen Seiten ist der Flansch 1 durch eine gekrümmte vordere Kante 7 und eine gekrümmte hintere Kante 8 begrenzt. At its two other sides of the flange 1 by a curved front edge 7 and a curved rear edge 8 is limited. Die Relativangaben "vorne","hinten" und "seitlich" beziehen sich dabei hier und im folgenden auf die durch die Mittellinie M zwischen den beiden geraden Begrenzungskanten 5 und 6 definierte Längsachse des Flansches 1 bzw. der Blisterpackung überhaupt, wobei mit "vorne" der den Griffbereich 3 enthaltende Teil des Flansches 1 gemeint ist. The relative terms "forward", "rear" and "lateral" refer thereby here and below on the plane defined by the center line M between the two straight bordering edges 5 and 6, the longitudinal axis of the flange 1 and the blister pack at all, wherein "front" the region 3 containing the handle portion of the flange 1 is meant. Entsprechend ist unter dem hinteren Bereich des Basisteils B bzw. dessen Flansches 1 der dem Griffbereich 3 bezüglich des Hohlraums C gegenüberliegende Bereich des Basisteils B bzw. des Flansches 1 zu verstehen. Accordingly, under the rear portion of the base part B or to understand 3 with respect to the cavity C opposite region of the base part B or flange 1 the flange 1 of the handle portion. Die beiden geraden Begrenzungskanten 5 und 6 befinden sich demzufolge seitlich. The two straight boundary edges 5 and 6 are therefore the side. Unter Oberseite ist die mit der Deckschicht D versehene Seite des Basisteils B zu verstehen, unter Unterseite entsprechend die der Oberseite gegenüberliegende, der Deckschicht D abgewandte Seite des Basisteils. Under the top side provided with the cover layer D side of the base member B is to be understood at the bottom corresponding to the top side opposite the top layer D side facing away from the base part.
  • Der die Kontaktlinse und die Aufbewahrungslösung aufnehmende Hohlraum C ist im hinteren und mittleren Bereich des Basisteils angeordnet. Of the contact lens and the preserving solution receiving cavity C is arranged in the rear and middle region of the base part. Der Hohlraum C besteht aus zwei Abschnitten, die stetig und glatt in einander übergehen. The cavity C is composed of two sections which merge continuously and smoothly into each other. Der erste Abschnitt des Hohlraums C ist ein im wesentlichen kugelkalottenförmiger Hauptraum 11, dessen Abmessungen so gewählt sind, dass er Kontaktlinsen aller gängigen Grössen aufnehmen kann, aber nicht wesentlich grösser als diese ist. The first portion of the cavity C is a substantially kugelkalottenförmiger main space 11 whose dimensions are chosen so that it can accommodate contact lenses of all common sizes, but is not significantly larger than this. Ein praktischer Wert des in der Ebene E des Flansches 1 gemessenen Durchmessers des Hauptraums 11 ist zB etwa 20 mm, ein praktischer Wert für die bezüglich der Ebene E des Flansches 1 gemessene Tiefe des Hauptraums ist etwa 6 mm. A practical value of the measured in the plane E of the flange 1 diameter of the main chamber 11 is for example about 20 mm, a practical value for the relative to the plane E of the flange 1 measured depth of the main room is approximately 6 mm. Der zweite Abschnitt des Hohlraums C ist ein Nebenraum 12, dessen Form am besten mit dem einer sich verjüngenden bzw. trichterartigen Rinne verglichen werden kann, welche in Richtung vom Hauptraum 11 weg kontinuierlich schmäler und flacher wird. The second portion of the cavity C is a secondary chamber 12, the shape of the tapered or funnel-like channel can be compared to the best one, which is continuously narrower in the direction from the main space 11 away and flatter. Dieser Nebenraum 12 schliesst sich seitlich bzw., in der vorstehenden Terminologie, vorne an den Hauptraum 11 an und geht, wie schon erwähnt, glatt in diesen über. This next room 12 joins the side or, in the above terminology, the front of the main room 11 and is, as already mentioned, in these smooth over. Die in Figur 2 eingetragene Trennlinie 13 zwischen den beiden Hohlraumabschnitten ist daher in Realität nicht erkennbar. The registered in Figure 2 separating line 13 between the two cavity portions is therefore not visible in reality. Die geometrische Raumform des Nebenraums 12 ist derart, dass Hauptraum 11 und Nebenraum 12 zusammen, also der Hohlraum C, in der Ebene E des Flansches 1 eine unsymmetrische tropfenförmige Kontur 14 aufweisen. The geometric-dimensional shape of the secondary chamber 12 is such that the main chamber 11 and auxiliary chamber 12 together, so the cavity C, have in the plane E of the flange 1, an asymmetrical teardrop-shaped contour of the fourteenth Die Spitze 14a des "Tropfens" liegt dabei ungefähr auf der Mittellinie M bzw. Längsachse des Basisteils und ist nach vorne gegen den Griffbereich 3 des Flansches 1 gerichtet. The tip 14a of the "drop" lies approximately on the center line M and the longitudinal axis of the base part and is directed towards the grip region 3 of the flange 1 forwardly. Um den Umfang bzw. die Kontur 14 des Hohlraums C herum befindet sich die schon erwähnte Versiegelungszone 2. Aufgrund der Tropfenform der Kontur 14 besitzt die Versiegelungszone 2 ebenfalls eine Spitze 2a, an der die Abziehbewegung beginnt und diese erleichert. Around the circumference or the contour 14 of the cavity C is around the already mentioned sealing zone 2. Because of the drop shape of the contour 14 also has the sealing zone 2, a tip 2a where the peeling motion begins and facilitates this.
  • Die Tropfenform des Hohlraums C erlaubt eine sehr einfache und bequeme Entnahme der Linse, wobei nur ein extrem geringes, nicht von der Linse einnehmbares Totvolumen vorhanden ist, so dass zur sicheren Aufbewahrung der Linse nur eine extrem kleine Menge Aufbewahrungslösung erforderlich ist. The teardrop shape of the cavity C allows a very easy and convenient removal of the lens, only an extremely small, not ingestible from the lens dead volume, so that only an extremely small amount of storage solution is required for the safe storage of the lens.
  • Im Unterschied zum hinteren Bereich des Flansches 1 ist dessen vorderer Bereich, also dessen Griffbereich 3, bezüglich der Mittellinie M unsymmetrisch ausgebildet und hat im wesentlichen die Gestalt eines abgerundeten Sägezahns mit je einer steileren (dh zur Mittellinie M weniger stark geneigten) und einer flacheren (dh zur Mittellinie M stärker geneigten) konvex gekrümmten Flanke 7a bzw. 7b und einer dazwischen liegenden abgerundeten Spitze 7c. In contrast to the rear region of the flange 1 is its front region, so the handle portion 3 is formed with respect to the center line M asymmetrical and has substantially the shape of a rounded saw tooth, each with a steeper (ie to the center line M less steeply sloping) and a flatter ( ie more inclined to the center line M) convexly curved flank 7a and 7b, and an intermediate rounded tip 7c. Die abgerundete Spitze 7c liegt etwa in der Mitte zwischen der Mittellinie M und der geradlinigen seitlichen Begrenzungskante 5. Die steilere Flanke 7a geht in einen leicht konkav gerümmten Abschnitt 7d über, an den sich die geradlinige seitliche Begrenzungskante 5 anschliesst. The rounded tip 7c lies approximately in the middle between the center line M and the straight side bounding edge 5. The steeper flank 7a passes into a slightly concave gerümmten portion 7d, to which the straight lateral boundary edge 5 connects. Die beiden Flanken 7a und 7b, die abgerundete Spitze 7c und der konkave Kantenbereich 7d bilden zusammen die gekrümmte Begrenzungskante 7 des vorderen Bereichs 3 des Flansches 1. The two flanks 7a and 7b, the rounded tip 7c and the concave edge portion 7d together form the curved boundary edge 7 of the front region 3 of the flange. 1
  • Etwa in der Mitte zwischen der abgerundeten Spitze 7c des Griffbereichs 3 und der Spitze 14a der tropfenförmigen Kontur 14 des Hohlraums C befindet sich im Flansch 1 eine Öffnung 15 von im wesentlichen ovaler bzw. elliptischer Gestalt, deren längere Achse mit der Mittellinie M einen Winkel von rund 60° einschliesst. Approximately in the middle between the rounded tip 7c of the grip region 3 and the tip 14a of the drop-shaped contour 14 of the cavity C is situated in the flange 1, an opening 15 of substantially oval or elliptical in shape, whose longer axis coincides with the center line M form an angle of 60 ° includes. Die Grösse der Öffnung 15 ist so bemessen, dass der Fingerballen der die Blisterpackung handhabenden Person teilweise durch sie durchgreifen kann und auf diese Weise den darüberliegenden Griffbereich 4 der Deckschicht D vom Griffbereich 3 des Flansches 1 abhebt. The size of the opening 15 is dimensioned so that the finger pads of the blister pack handle person can engage through it partially and in this way lifts the overlying handle portion 4 of the cover layer D from the grip region 3 of the flange. 1 Dadurch lässt sich die Deckschicht D bequem ergreifen und vom Basisteil B abziehen. Thus, the top layer D can be taken easily and remove from the base part B. Ausserdem ergibt die Öffnung 15 einen sichereren Griff beim Halten der Blisterpackung in der Hand. 15 also gives the opening a more secure grip when holding the blister pack in hand.
  • Im Griffbereich 3 des Flansches 1 ist ein gegenüber der Ebene E des Flansches 1 abgewinkeltes vorderes Stützelement 16 angeordnet, welches sich zu beiden Seiten der abgerundeten Spitze 7c des Griffbereichs 3 in die Flanken 7a und 7b der vorderen gekrümmten Begrenzungskante 7 des Griffbereichs 3 hinein erstreckt und gegenüber einer zur Ebene E des Flansches 1 senkrechten Richtung N leicht auswärts geneigt ist. In the grip region 3 of the flange 1 a relative to the plane E of the flange 1 angled front support element 16 is arranged, which in the flanks 7a on both sides of the rounded tip 7c of the grip region 3 and 7b of the front curved bounding edge 7 of the handle portion 3 extends, and is slightly inclined relative to a plane perpendicular to the plane e of the flange 1 towards N away. Das Stützelement 16 besitzt eine zur Ebene E des Flansches 1 parallele untere Begrenzungskante 16a und zwei geschwungene seitliche Begrenzungskanten 16b und 16c. The support member 16 has an axis parallel to the plane E of the flange 1 lower boundary edge 16a and two curved lateral boundary edges 16b and 16c. Die Auswärtsneigung des Stützelements 16 ist im Bereich der steileren Flanke 7a des Griffbereichs 3 geringer und nimmt in Richtung auf die flachere Flanke 7b des Griffbereichs 3 kontinuierlich zu. The outward inclination of the supporting member 16 is lower in the region of the steeper flank 7a of the handle portion 3 and decreases towards the flatter flank 7b of the handle portion 3 continuously. Die Minimal- und Maximalwerte der Auswärtsneigung zur Richtung N der Normalen auf die Ebene E des Flansches 1 betragen etwa 2-5° bzw. 10-20°. The minimum and maximum values ​​of the slope away to the direction N of the normal to the plane E of the flange 1 are approximately 2-5 ° and 10-20 °.
  • Im hinteren Bereich des Flansches 1 ist etwa im Bereich der Mittellinie M ein hinteres Stützelement 17 angeordnet, welches in einem Winkel von etwa 90-95° zur Ebene E des Flansches 1 gegenüber diesem nach unten (leicht auswärts) abgewinkelt ist und ebenfalls eine zur Ebene E des Flansches 1 parallele untere Begrenzungskante 17a aufweist. In the rear region of the flange 1, a rear support member 17 is arranged approximately in the region of the center line M, which is angled at an angle of about 90-95 ° to the plane E of the flange 1 with respect to this downward (slightly outward) and also a to the plane has e of the flange 1 parallel lower boundary edge 17a. Im Unterschied zum vorderen Stützelement 16 ist das hintere Stützelement 17 jedoch vergleichsweise schmal ausgebildet. Unlike the front supporting element 16, the rear support member 17 is however designed to be comparatively narrow.
  • Die senkrecht zur Ebene E des Flansches 1 gemessenen Höhen des vorderen und des hinteren Stützelements 16 bzw. 17 sind vorzugsweise gleich gross und so bemessen, dass eine an ihre unteren Begrenzungskanten 16a und 17a angelegte gedachte Tangentialebene T die Unterseite des Hohlraums C gerade berührt oder geringfügig darunter liegt (Figur 3). The measured perpendicular to the plane E of the flange 1 heights of the front and rear supporting member 16 and 17 are preferably of equal size and such that a voltage applied to their lower boundary edges 16a and 17a imaginary tangent plane T just touches the bottom of the cavity C or slightly including situated (Figure 3).
  • Das relativ breite vordere Stützelement 16 und das relativ schmale hintere Stützelement 17 bilden zusammen eine Art Dreibein, das der Blisterpackung bei Auflage auf einer einigermassen ebenen Unterlage eine hohe Standsicherheit (Kippstabilität) verleiht. The relatively wide front support member 16 and the relatively narrow rear support member 17 together form a tripod type which imparts high stability (tipping stability) of the blister pack when resting on a reasonably flat surface. Das hintere Stützelement 17 kann eventuell auch entfallen, in diesem Falle würde sich die Blisterpackung bei annähernd gleicher Kippstabilität auf dem vorderen Stützelement 16 und der Unterseite des Hohlraums C abstützen. The rear support member 17 can also be dispensed may, in this case, the blister pack at approximately the same tilt stability on the front supporting member 16 and the bottom of the cavity C would be supported. Das vordere Stützelement 16 kann selbstverständlich auch in zwei oder mehrere schmälere Elemente aufgeteilt sein, die insgesamt im wesentlichen etwa die Form des Stützelements 16 aufweisen. The front support member 16 may of course be split into two or more narrower elements having a total of substantially approximately in the shape of the support member sixteenth
  • Das vordere Stützelement 16 dient aufgrund seiner speziellen Formgebung und Anordnung gleichzeitig auch als Griffhilfe zur bequemen und sicheren Handhabung der Blisterpackung. The front support member 16 is used due to its special shape and arrangement at the same time as a gripping aid for the convenient and safe handling of the blister pack. Aufgrund der Form des Basisteils ergreift ein Benutzer die Blisterpackung intuitiv so, dass er seinen Zeigefinger unter den Griffbereich 3 zwischen dem vorderen Stützelement 16 und der Spitze 14a des tropfenförmigen Hohlraums C legt und mit seinem Daumen von aussen gegen das vordere Stützelement 16 drückt. Due to the shape of the base part, a user grips the blister pack intuitively so that it under the grip portion 3 between the front support member 16 and the tip 14a of the drop-shaped cavity C puts his index finger and presses with his thumb from the outside against the front support member sixteenth Die beschriebene spezielle Formgebung des Griffbereichs 3 und des vorderen Stützelements 16 ist dabei sehr ergonomisch und erlaubt ein bequemes und sicheres Festhalten der Blisterpackung während des Abziehens der Deckschicht D vom Basisteil B. The described special shaping of the grip portion 3 and the front support member 16 is very ergonomic and allows convenient and safe retention of the blister pack during the peeling of the covering layer D from the base part B.
  • Um dem Benutzer die Handhabung weiter zu erleichtern und alternative Haltemöglichkeiten zu bieten, sind am Basisteil B zu beiden Seiten des Flansches 1 etwa auf der Höhe der grössten Breite des Hohlraums C zwei Griffelemente 18 und 19 angeordnet, welche etwa im rechten Winkel zur Ebene des Flansches 1 nach unten abgewinkelt, dabei jedoch nur etwa halb so hoch wie die beiden Stützelemente 16 und 17 sind. In order to facilitate the user's handling on and to offer alternative holding facility, two handle elements 18 and 19 are arranged on the base portion B on both sides of the flange 1, approximately at the height of the largest width of the cavity C which approximately at right angles to the plane of the flange 1 angled downwards, while 16 and 17 are, however, only about half as high as the two support elements. Unter Ausnutzung dieser Griffelemente 18 und 19 hält der Benutzer die Blisterpackung im Prinzip mit drei Fingern, die gegen die beiden Griffelemente 18 und 19 und das hintere Stützelement 17 drücken. Taking advantage of this handle members 18 and 19, the user holds the blister pack, in principle, with three fingers, which press against the two handle elements 18 and 19 and the rear support member 17th
  • Wie man insbesondere aus Figur 7 erkennt, kann die erfindungsgemässe Blisterpackung paarweise gestapelt werden. As can be seen in particular from Figure 7, the blister pack according to the invention can be stacked in pairs. Dabei sind jeweils zwei Blisterpackungen bzw. Basisteile B mit ihren Unterseiten in einander verschachtelt, wobei jeweils der Hohlraum C der einen Packung im Griffbereich 3 der anderen Packung und umgekehrt zu liegen kommt, die beiden Packungen also um 180° gegenseitig verdreht angeordnet und in Längsrichtung gegeneinander nur geringfügig versetzt sind. In each case two blister packs or base parts are with their lower sides interleaved B into each other, wherein each of the cavity C is the one pack in the grip region 3 of the other package and are reversed, so the two packages arranged mutually rotated by 180 ° and in the longitudinal direction against each other are just slightly offset. Die Flansche 1 der beiden Packungen liegen dabei parallel. The flanges 1 of the two packages lie parallel. Auf diese Weise können mehrere Blisterpackungen sehr platzsparend in einer gemeinsamen Schachtel oder sonstigen Überverpackung untergebracht werden. Thus, several blister packs can be accommodated saving space in a joint box or other outer packaging.
  • Eine besonders zweckmässige Weiterbildung der erfindungsgemässen Blisterpackung besteht darin, dass mehrere Basisteile, gemäss Figur 8 hier beispielsweise fünf Basisteile B1-B5, seitlich aneinandergereiht und durch eine gemeinsame, durchgehende Deckschicht D' mit einander verbunden sind. A particularly expedient further development of the inventive blister pack is that a plurality of base parts, according to Figure 8 herein, for example, five base parts B1-B5, lined up laterally and are connected by a common continuous cover layer D 'to each other. Die Deckschicht D' kann dabei im Bereich der Trennfugen zwischen den einzelnen Basisteilen B1-B5 mit Sollbruchlinien 20 zur leichteren Separation der einzelnen Packungen versehen sein. The cover layer D 'may in this case be provided in the region of the separating joints between the individual base portions B1-B5 with lines of weakness 20 to facilitate separation of individual packages. Wie man leicht erkennt, sind auch solche Packungsverbünde paarweise stapelbar. As can be seen easily, even those packing associations are pairwise stackable. Packungsverbünde dieser Art sind besonders vorteilhaft für sogenannte Einmaltrage-Kontaktlinsen, wobei zB in einer Schachtel drei mal zwei Einheiten zu jeweils fünf Blisterverpackungen enthalten sein können. Pack networks of this kind are particularly advantageous for so-called one-time wearing contact lenses, for example, three times two units can be included to five blister packs in a box.
  • Wie aus der vorstehenden Beschreibung erhellt, ist die erfindungsgemässe Blisterpackung äusserst handlich, raumsparend und stabil, lässt sich einfach und bequem öffnen, kommt mit einer extrem kleinen Menge Aufbewahrungslösung aus und lässt eine besonders bequeme Entnahme der in ihr enthaltenen Kontaktlinse zu. As evident from the above description, the inventive blister pack is extremely handy, space-saving and stable, can be easily and conveniently open, comes from an extremely small amount of storage solution and allows a particularly easy removal of the contact lens contained in her.

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  1. A blister pack for an optical lens, especially a soft hydrophilic contact lens, having a base portion (B) and a cover layer (D), the base portion (B) comprising a hollow chamber (C) that contains the optical lens (L) and a sterile preserving solution (S) and comprising a substantially flat flange (1) that extends right round the outside of the hollow chamber (C), the cover layer (D) being substantially flat and being releasably sealed to the flange (1) in a sealing zone (2) that extends right round the circumference of the hollow chamber (C), and the flange (1) comprising a grip region (3) that extends from at least one side of the hollow chamber (C) beyond the sealing zone (2) and that is at least partially covered by a corresponding grip region (4) of the cover layer (D) but is not sealed thereto, so that the grip regions (3, 4) of the flange (1) and the cover layer (D) form grip means for separating the cover layer (D) from the flange (1), the hollow chamber (C) comprising a main chamber (11) for receiving the lens and, adjoining the side of that main chamber, a secondary chamber (12), wherein the main chamber (11) is substantially dish-shaped and the secondary chamber (12) is substantially in the shape of a channel tapering continuously on all sides away from the main chamber (11), the main chamber (11) making a substantially smooth transition into the secondary chamber (12), and the main chamber (11) and the secondary chamber (12) together having a substantially drop-shaped contour (14) in the plane (E) of the flange (1), the tip (14a) of which contour is directed towards the grip region (3) of the flange (1).
  2. A blister pack according to claim 1, wherein there is provided in the grip region (3) of the flange (1) a preferably oval opening (15) by means of which the overlying grip region (4) of the cover layer (D) can be lifted from the grip region (3) of the flange (1).
  3. A blister pack according to either one of the preceding claims, wherein the flange (1) is provided in its grip region (3) with at least one front support element (16) that is angled with respect to the plane (E) of the flange (1) and that prevents the blister pack from tipping when the latter is placed on a flat support.
  4. A blister pack according to claim 3, wherein at least one rear support element (17) that is angled with respect to the plane (E) of the flange (1) is arranged on the rear side of the flange (1), which side lies opposite the grip region (3) with respect to the hollow chamber (C).
  5. A blister pack according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein, to facilitate handling, grip elements (18, 19) that are angled with respect to the plane (E) of the flange (1) are arranged at the edge of the flange (1) on both sides of the hollow chamber (C).
  6. A blister pack according to any one of the preceding claims which is so shaped that it can be stacked in pairs in such a manner that two blister packs, rotated through 180° with respect to one another, can be nested with their undersides one inside the other, in each case the hollow chamber (C) of one blister pack lying in the region of the grip region (3) of the other blister pack and the flanges (1) of the two blister packs being parallel and offset only slightly with respect to one another.
  7. A blister pack according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the flange (1) is bounded by a curved front bounding edge (7) and a curved rear bounding edge (8), respectively, in its grip region (3) and in its rear region lying opposite that grip region with respect to the hollow chamber (C), and is bounded on both sides of the hollow chamber (C) by two parallel straight side bounding edges (5, 6).
  8. A blister pack according to claim 7, wherein the grip region (3) of the flange (1) has an asymmetrical form with respect to a central line (M) that extends centrally between and parallel to the two side bounding edges (5, 6), so that the grip region (3) of the flange (1) is substantially in the shape of a rounded saw tooth having a relatively steep flank (7a), which is inclined to a lesser extent with respect to the central line (M), and a relatively flat flank (7b), which is more sharply inclined with respect to the central line (M), and a rounded tip (7c) lying between those two flanks.
  9. A blister pack according to claim 3, wherein the front support element (16) is so arranged in the grip region (3) of the flange (1) that there is room for a finger of a person handling the blister pack between it and the hollow chamber (C), and it serves as an auxiliary grip.
  10. A blister pack according to claims 8 and 9, wherein the front support element (16) extends on both sides of the rounded tip (7c) of the grip region (3) of the flange (1) into the two flanks (7a, 7b) of the same and is inclined slightly outwards with respect to a direction (N) perpendicular to the plane (E) of the flange (1), the support element (16) being inclined outwards to a lesser degree in the region of the steeper flank (7a) of the grip region (3) than it is in the region of the flatter flank (7b) of the grip region (3).
  11. A blister pack according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein two or more base portions (B1-B5) are arranged side by side in a row and are connected to one another by means of a common continuous cover layer (D').
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