Using corneal oxygen demand to optimize rigid contact lens design

Fink, Barbara A., Hill, Richard M., & Carney, Leo G. (1993) Using corneal oxygen demand to optimize rigid contact lens design. Optometry and Vision Science, 70(10), pp. 781-784.



To evaluate the effects of base curve radius, overall diameter, and axial edge lift on rigid contact lens tear pump efficiency, corneal oxygen uptake rates were measured on six eyes under three conditions: normal open eye, after 5 min of static (without blinking) wear, and after 5 min of dynamic (with blinking once every 5 s) wear. The three parameters were varied one at a time from a standard lens design. Differences in corneal oxygen demands between the static and dynamic rates provided quantitative measures of the tear pump efficiency for each lens design. Tear exchange was found to be most sensitively related to changes in base curve radius, followed by overall diameter changes (66.9% as effective) and axial edge lift changes (64.6% as effective). Design equivalencies (to produce identical tear exchange to a 0.05-mm flattening of base curve toward alignment) were 0.07-mm steepening of the base curve toward alignment, 0.35-mm decrease in overall diameter, or 0.037-mm increase in axial edge lift.

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ID Code: 3206
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Contact Lenses, Cornea/, metabolism, Oxygen Consumption/, physiology, Adult, Blinking/physiology, Female, Humans, Male, Microelectrodes, Polarography, Prosthesis Design, Tears/metabolism
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 1993 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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