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Areal summed corneal power shift is an important determinant for axial length elongation in myopic children treated with overnight orthokeratology


Background The myopia control effect of orthokeratology (OK) varies among individuals. The variation might relate to the proposed ‘areal summation effect’ of lens-induced visual signals. The current study evaluated the areal summed corneal power shift (ASCPS) in myopic children treated with OK lenses and assessed whether the ASCPS achieved at early post-OK visit can predict the lens long-term effect on the axial length (AL) elongation.

Methods Study participants were 130 myopic children treated with OK lenses (age range, 8 to 15 years) in a prospective study. Corneal topography and AL were measured at baseline and 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after OK lens wear. The ASCPS was derived from corneal topographic measurements and defined as the change in the areal summed corneal relative refraction at the follow-up visit from baseline. The impact of the ASCPS achieved at the 1 month post-OK visit on the 12 months AL elongation was examined using multivariate linear regression analysis.

Results Baseline age of the study participants was 11.8 ± 1.8 years and their mean spherical equivalent was −3.00±0.92 D. The ASCPS was 6.90±6.09 D*mm at the 1 month visit and remained stable throughout the follow-up period (p=0.5508, repeated-measures analysis of variance). Greater 1 month ASCPS was associated with slower AL elongation at the 12 months visit (β=−0.007, p=0.001).

Conclusions The ASCPS achieved at early post-OK visit is predictive for the lens long-term effect on the myopic AL elongation. The parameter is potential in guiding the OK lens practice to slow down axial growth in myopic children.

  • contact lens
  • imaging
  • optics and refraction

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