A prospective study of contact lens wear in diabetes mellitus

O'Donnell, Clare, Efron, Nathan, & Boulton, Andrew J. M. (2001) A prospective study of contact lens wear in diabetes mellitus. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 21(2), pp. 127-138.

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Abstract

A prospective, controlled, observer-masked study was conducted to investigate the suitability of contact lenses for patients with diabetes mellitus. Forty diabetic patients and 40 non-diabetic control subjects were fitted with soft hydrogel contact lenses to be worn on a daily wear basis for 12 months. The ocular response was assessed using slit lamp biomicroscopy, ultrasonic pachometry, corneal aesthesiometry and visual acuity measures. Compared to non-diabetic subjects, diabetic patients displayed significantly reduced corneal transparency, variable vision and reduced comfort with the contact lenses (p < 0.05). There were no significant differences between the two groups with respect to ocular hyperaemia, corneal staining, corneal thickness, corneal sensitivity or high contrast visual acuity. Contrary to previous reports, the response of the diabetic eye to contact lenses--as observed clinically--does not differ appreciably from that of the non-diabetic eye. These results suggest that current generation daily wear soft contact lenses can be a viable mode of vision correction for diabetic patients.

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ID Code: 11005
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.
DOI: 10.1046/j.1475-1313.2001.00555.x
ISSN: 0275-5408
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 2001 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:35

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