Contact lens wear and diabetes mellitus

O'Donnell, Clare & Efron, Nathan (1998) Contact lens wear and diabetes mellitus. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 21(1), pp. 19-26.

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An estimated 30,000 diabetic patients in the United Kingdom currently wear contact lenses. Anecdotal clinical experience indicates that such patients have an increased risk of developing potentially sight-threatening ocular complications such as ulcerative keratitis. The corneal complications associated with diabetes, for example structural changes in the epithelial and endothelial cells, have led to some controversy regarding the suitability of contact lenses for diabetic patients. There have been few published studies documenting the ocular response of the diabetic eye to current generation contact lens materials. The purpose of this paper is to review the anterior eye manifestations of diabetes and to discuss how such changes could influence contact lens wear.

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ID Code: 10987
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: diabetes mellitus, contact lens, anterior segment, complications, tear film, cornea
DOI: 10.1016/S1367-0484(98)80020-9
ISSN: 1367-0484
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Elsevier
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:35

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