Grading scales for contact lens complications

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1998 Mar;18(2):182-6. doi: 10.1016/s0275-5408(97)00066-5.


Grading scales have been developed to assist practitioners in recording the level of severity of ocular complications of contact lens wear. Eight common complications are depicted in five levels of severity--from grade 0 (normal) to grade 4 (severe). The intersubject variance in grading was determined to be 1.0 scale units, which by coincidence concurs exactly with the key design strategy of the grading scales that each grading step of 1.0 corresponds to a clinically significant difference in severity.

MeSH terms

  • Contact Lenses / adverse effects*
  • Eye / pathology
  • Eye Injuries / classification
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries / pathology
  • Humans
  • Reference Values