Last updated on February 2018

Changes of Visual Function Ocular Surface Structures and Physiology After Long-Termed Contact Lens Wear


Brief description of study

Our study is aimed to observe the long termed effect of contact lens wear on ocular surface, especially focused on visual function and ocular inflammation mediators.

Detailed Study Description

Contact lens fitting are important treatments for many ocular diseases as they provide three main therapeutic applications: visual correction, protection of ocular surface, and cosmetic or sport purposes. The ophthalmology department of NTUH has set up contact lens special clinic as one of our comprehensive refractive services. The investigators provided corneal lenses or Rose K lenses for optical correction of keratoconus patients; the investigators also fitted large scleral lenses for the correction of irregular astigmatism for post-penetrating keratoplasty and post-refractive surgery patients. In addition, contact lenses can be an adjuvant therapy for ocular surface disorders as severe dry eye and limbal insufficiency. There were researches that proved the inflammatory mediators and neutrophils increased after long-termed wear of silicon hydrogel soft lenses or over night orthokeratology lenses. They also concluded that lens wear affected corneal epithelial proliferation. However, the physiological changes after long-termed wear of large diameter scleral lenses are still pending. In addition, we still do not understand the lens effects on high order aberration and ocular surface structures. The purpose of our study is to analyze the epidemiologic data and treatment results of the patients fitted with specialty lenses in our contact lens clinic from Aug 2016 to Aug 2018. Patients will be categorized into different groups by the diagnoses and the type of lens wear. After 6 months of follow up, the change of visual acuity, visual function related quality of life, the changes of ocular surface structures and physiology will be analyzed. The investigators hope to share the experiences of specialty contact lens fitting and understand the effects of long-term contact lens wear on ocular surface.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02894489

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Hsiao Sang Chu, MD, MS

Hsiao Sang Chu
Taipei, Taiwan
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