Contact lens management of keratoconus

Clin Exp Optom. 2015 Jul;98(4):299-311. doi: 10.1111/cxo.12300.


Contact lenses are the primary form of visual correction for patients with keratoconus. Contemporary advances in contact lens designs and materials have significantly expanded the available fitting options for patients with corneal ectasia. Furthermore, imaging technology, such as corneal topography and anterior segment optical coherence tomography, can be applied to both gain insight into corneal microstructural changes and to guide contact lens fitting. This paper provides a comprehensive review of the range of contact lens modalities, including soft lenses, hybrid designs, rigid lenses, piggyback configurations, corneo-scleral, mini-scleral and scleral lenses that are currently available for the optical management of keratoconus. The review also discusses the importance of monitoring for disease progression in patients with keratoconus, in particular children, who tend to undergo more rapid progressive changes, so as to facilitate appropriate modification to contact lens fitting and/or potential referral for corneal collagen cross-linking treatment, as appropriate.

Keywords: contact lens; corneal ectasia; corneal topography; hybrid; keratoconus; mini-scleral; optical coherence tomography; piggyback; rigid lens; scleral.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contact Lenses*
  • Corneal Topography
  • Humans
  • Keratoconus / therapy*
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence