Predicting initial base curve of the rigid contact lenses according to Javal keratometry findings in patients with keratoconus

      Abstract

      Purpose

      To find an appropriate correlation between the base curve (BC) of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses and manual keratometry findings in Iranian patients with keratoconus (KCN) in order to simplify the fitting process, reduce the time, and lower the costs.

      Method

      This retrospective study was done in 121 eyes of 69 patients with KCN fitted with a specific trial set of RGP contact lenses over a 7-year period. The specifications of the final lens parameters included power, total diameter (1), and BC, the first two of which were fixed in all of the lenses in the trial set while BC was changed in 0.1-mm steps. Javal keratometer was used to measure keratometric values. The final fit assessment was performed based on the standard criterion of "three-point touch".

      Result

      Single and multiple linear correlations were done and the result was the following equation: BC = 2.455 (constant of the final multiple regression model) + 0.280 (steep keratometry) + 0.368 (flat keratometry) + 0.047 (corneal astigmatism)

      Conclusion

      The advantages of this study include simplifying the RGP fitting process, reducing the examination time, lowering the costs, enhancing the confidence of the examiners and patients, easier lens fitting in remote places where more advanced devices are not accessible.

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