Effects of rigid contact lens edge lift changes on tear pump efficiency

Fink, Barbara A., Hill, Richard M., & Carney, Leo G. (1991) Effects of rigid contact lens edge lift changes on tear pump efficiency. Optometry and Vision Science, 68(6), pp. 409-413.



The effects of rigid contact lens axial edge lift changes on corneal oxygenation and tear exchange with the blink were studied for lenses of five axial edge lifts (0.05 to 0.13 mm in 0.02-mm steps). The overall and optic zone diameters were maintained at 8.8 and 7.4 mm, respectively, and all other parameters were held constant. Oxygen uptake rates were measured for the normal open eye after 5 min of static (without blinking) and dynamic (with blinking once every 5 s) contact lens wear. As expected, no significant differences were found in the oxygen uptake rates associated with the static wear of the contact lenses; however, under dynamic conditions, increasing edge lift was associated with a reduction in oxygen demand. The differences between data obtained under static and dynamic conditions increased with increasing axial edge lift, and subjects with small palpebral aperture sizes seemed to benefit more from increasing axial edge lift.

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ID Code: 3201
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: l.carney@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Contact Lenses, Oxygen Consumption, Cornea/, metabolism, Tears/, physiology, Adult, Analysis of Variance, Blinking, Electrodes, Female, Humans, Male, Polarography
ISSN: 1040-5488
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1991 American Academy of Optometry
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:29

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