Contact Lenses for Visual Rehabilitation after Corneal Laceration Repair

William E. Smiddy, Tracey R. Hamburg, Gregory P. Kracher, John D. Gottsch, Walter J. Stark

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A contact lens fitting was tried after corneal laceration repair in 26 eyes. The mean patient age was 25 years; 22 eyes were aphakic and there were 23 males. Many patients had been referred for penetrating keratoplasty. Intact sutures in 13 eyes did not hinder contact lens fitting which was performed within 6 months in 12 cases. A contact lens was fit and successfully worn in 21 eyes (81%) and was fit in the remaining five patients, but not worn because of suboptimal vision (4 eyes) or an unsatisfactory fit (1 eye). Success rates were higher for small, peripheral lesions and in younger patients. Visual acuity was at least 20/30 in 12 patients and follow-up averaged 10.1 months. A contact lens can usually be fit after corneal lacerations, despite aphakia, with good visual results, thereby avoiding penetrating keratoplasty and intraocular lens implantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-298
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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