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Variations of central corneal curvature during the first year of contact lens wear

Variations of central corneal curvature during the first year of contact lens wear

Acta Ophthalmologica 61(1): 117-128

During hard, hydrophilic and silicone lens wear the variations of central corneal curvature in the 2 eyes of each individual were significantly correlated. Mean changes of principal radii of curvature were small in each lens group (-0.075-+0.068 mm). Hydrophilic lens wearers showed an initial mean flattening of corneal curvature, followed by a significant steepening. Hard lens wearers apparently showed the opposite sequence of mean changes. Silicone lens wearers showed a significant mean corneal flattening. Central corneal asphericity was reduced during hard lens wear. Considerable individual curvature changes occurred (-0.35-+0.30 mm), but none of these necessitated lens refitting. Changes of the central corneal thickness and curvature during hard lens wear were apparently inversely correlated, the ratio between the changes being about -0.08:1. Hard and silicone lenses probably exerted a mechanical moulding effect. The exact aetiology of curvature changes in hydrophilic lens wearers remains obscure. Corneal curvature changes appear less reliable than corneal oedema in the detection of lens-induced impairment.

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PMID: 6858637

DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-3768.1983.tb01402.x

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