Contact lens fitting following corneal graft surgery

Clin Exp Optom. 2003 Jul;86(4):244-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0938.2003.tb03113.x.


Contact lens fitting may be required following keratoplasty for either optical or therapeutic reasons. Optical indications for contact lens fitting include the correction of irregular astigmatism, high regular astigmatism, anisometropia and secondary aniseikonia, as well as simple ametropia, where the patient desires to wear contact lenses in preference to spectacles. Therapeutic lenses are not routinely fitted following keratoplasty, although this management is advised in certain cases, such as when there are protruding sutures or epithelial healing is impaired. Designing a contact lens for a patient who has undergone keratoplasty will require the practitioner to carefully assess all the relevant features of the corneal graft. In this regard, there are many factors that need to be considered including the diameter of the graft zone, the topographical relationship between the host cornea and donor cornea, the corneal (graft) toricity and the location of the graft. Special designs, such as reverse geometry lenses, or more complex contact lens modalities, such as piggyback contact lens systems, may be required to achieve success in fitting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contact Lenses*
  • Corneal Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Care*
  • Prosthesis Fitting*