Hypoxic corneal changes following eight hours of scleral contact lens wear

Vincent, Stephen J., Alonso-Caneiro, David, Collins, Michael J., Beanland, Alison, Lam, Linda, Lim, Ching Chong, Loke, Alyssa, & Nguyen, Nhi (2016) Hypoxic corneal changes following eight hours of scleral contact lens wear. Optometry and Vision Science, 93(3), pp. 293-299.

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  • Purpose

To examine the change in corneal thickness and posterior curvature following 8 hours of miniscleral contact lens wear.

  • Methods

Scheimpflug imaging (Pentacam HR, Oculus) was captured before, and immediately following, 8 hours of miniscleral contact lens wear for 15 young (mean age 22 ± 3 years), healthy participants with normal corneae. Natural diurnal variations were considered by measuring baseline corneal changes obtained on a separate control day without contact lens wear.

  • Results

Over the central 6 mm of the cornea, a small, but highly statistically significant amount of edema was observed following 8 hours of miniscleral lens wear, after accounting for normal diurnal fluctuations (mean ± standard deviation percentage swelling 1.70 ± 0.98%, p < 0.0001). Posterior corneal topography remained stable following lens wear (-0.01 ± 0.07 mm steepening over the central 6 mm, p = 0.60). The magnitude of posterior corneal topographical changes following lens wear did not correlate with the extent of lens-related corneal edema (r = -0.16, p = 0.57). Similarly, the initial central corneal vault (maximum post-lens tear layer depth) was not associated with corneal swelling following lens removal (r = 0.27, p = 0.33).

  • Conclusions

While a small amount of corneal swelling was induced following 8 hours of miniscleral lens wear (on average <2%), modern high Dk miniscleral contact lenses that vault the cornea do not induce clinically significant corneal edema or hypoxic related posterior corneal curvature changes during short-term wear. Longer-term studies of compromised eyes (e.g. corneal ectasia) are still required to inform the optimum lens and fitting characteristics for safe scleral lens wear to minimize corneal hypoxia.

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ID Code: 91465
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Miniscleral contact lens, Corneal oedema, Posterior corneal curvature, Hypoxia
DOI: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000803
ISSN: 1538-9235
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
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Copyright Statement: This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Optometry and Vision Science, 93(3), p.293-299.
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2015 23:33
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 15:34

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