Contact lens fitting after photorefractive keratectomy: a comparison of two groups of patients



From a research programme comparing two photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) methods, Group S using Summit ExciMed UV 200, and Group V using the VisX 20:20 excimer laser system, 10 patients from each group were recruited. They were referred 6–12 months post-PRK for lens fitting to correct resultant ametropia or irregular astigmatism. Ablation zone diameters were: Group S, 4.5 mm; Group V, 4–6 mm. For Group S, best fit rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses generally had a back optic zone radius (BOZR) 0.10 mm steeper than the mean keratometry reading (K) and overall diameter of 9.20–10.0 mm. For Group V best fit RGP lenses generally had a BOZR of 0.20 mm steeper than the mean K. The lenses often required large diameters to improve lens centration and extra negative power to compensate for the positive power of the central tear pool. Several patients required soft lens fitting to improve comfort and some finally opted for repeat PRK.