Purpose: To formulate guidelines for contact lens fitting following radial keratotomy and to achieve a relationship between contact lens fitting parameters and refractive and keratometric parameters.
Methods: Thirty-five eyes of 30 patients who had post-radial-keratotomy residual myopia were evaluated for contact lens fitting. The base curve was selected by ‘hit and trial’ method until a proper fit was achieved, following which an over-refraction was done and final power of the contact lens obtained.
Results: The mean contact lens base curve was 43.04 ± 1.62 D, which was steeper than the postoperative keratometry by 2.35 ± 0.74 D. The base curve and the postoperative keratometry were correlated by regression analysis (r = 0.895, P < 0.001). The mean overall diameter of the contact lenses was 9.64 ± 0.08 mm. The mean contact lens power was 5.81 ± 3.07 D, which was more myopic than the residual myopia by 2.79 ± 1.67 D. Regression analysis showed definite correlation between the contact lens power and postoperative myopia (r = 0.854, P < 0.001).
Conclusion: For correction of post-radial-keratotomy residual myopia, contact lens fitting parameters can be determined by a regression formula using keratometric and refractive values.