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, 27 (2), 57-64

Confocal Microscopy of the Corneas of Long-Term Rigid Contact Lens Wearers

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Confocal Microscopy of the Corneas of Long-Term Rigid Contact Lens Wearers

Joanna G Hollingsworth et al. Cont Lens Anterior Eye.

Abstract

Slit scanning confocal microscopy (Tomey Confoscan P4) was used to evaluate the central cornea of 22 subjects who had been wearing rigid lenses on a long-term, daily wear basis. Anterior and posterior keratocyte densities appeared unaffected by rigid lens wear (P = 0.10 and 0.34 for anterior and posterior keratocyte densities, respectively). Subjects with a previous history of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) lens wear showed a reduction in anterior keratocyte density (AKD) (P < 0.0001) and an increased level of haze in the anterior stroma. This may represent previous hypoxic damage. Endothelial cell density (ECD) was unaffected by rigid lens wear (P = 0.36) although an increase in endothelial polymegethism was evident (P < 0.0001). Subjects who had only worn rigid lenses with no history of PMMA lens wear did not show an increase in endothelial polymegethism (P = 0.10). An increased number of microdot opacities compared to the non-lens wearing eye was apparent (P = 0.05). The number of microdot opacities induced by rigid lenses, as reported in this study, appears to be less than that reported by others in respect of soft lenses.

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