The biomechanics of rigid contact lens removal
The removal of rigid contact lenses from the eye, using the eyelids, is a relatively simple procedure. However, there is a sequence of biomechanical events underlying this procedure which are not well understood. By using high-speed videokeratoscopy (50 Hz), we have shown that during the lid-pull procedure the cornea typically shows a significant increase in with-the-rule astigmatism by an average of 2.19 D (axial power). The average increase in steep K power was 1.22 D (S.D. ±1.05 D) and the average decrease in flat K power was 0.97 D (S.D. ±1.05 D). This change in corneal topography increases the edge lift of the lens at 12 and 6 O’clock locations of the lens, enhancing the removal process. When the subject blinks, as the lid margins reach the lens edge, the lens flexes and the eye retracts by an average of 0.66 mm (S.D. ±0.27 mm). This retraction again enhances the act of lens removal.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Michael Collins(firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Keywords:||rigid contact lens, cornea, contact lens removal, corneal astigmatism, retraction, proptosis|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Optometry and Ophthalmology not elsewhere classified (111399)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2005 Elsevier|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||02 Feb 2006|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:15|
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