Management of Keratoconus With Corneal Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses : Eye & Contact Lens

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Management of Keratoconus With Corneal Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses

Itoi, Motozumi M.D., Ph.D.; Itoi, Motohiro M.D., Ph.D.

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Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice 48(3):p 110-114, March 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/ICL.0000000000000876


Vision correction using a corneal rigid gas-permeable contact lens, which is relatively safe, easy to replace, and economical, is still the basis of the management for keratoconus. For eyes with keratoconus, two fitting strategies have traditionally been used in Japan: apical touch fitting with spherical lenses and parallel fitting with multicurve lenses. These two techniques have different success rates depending on the type and severity of keratoconus. Therefore, it is important to classify eyes with keratoconus into four types according to the shape of the cornea and select the prescription techniques according to this classification. If the corneal GPs prescribed by these fitting methods cannot be used because of mechanical irritation to the corneal epithelium, the “piggyback lens system” is an effective option. Furthermore, proper lens care must be instructed to patients to prevent contact lens-related complications and maintain visual function. If these fittings and introductions can be performed properly, corneal GPs can safely provide effective and comfortable vision for many patients with keratoconus, even for those with severe keratoconus.

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