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Orthokeratology in patient with Keratoconus: a case report

Brunno Dantas

Medical Director, Brunno Dantas Oftalmologia, Brazil

Mylene Leal Matsuhara

Orthokeratology Fellow, Brunno Dantas Oftalmologia, Brazil

Leonardo Simões Duarte

Orthokeratology Fellow, Brunno Dantas Oftalmologia, Brazil

DOI: 10.15761/JTS.1000188

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Overnight Orthokeratology, corneal reshaping or vision-shaping treatment (usually generically referred to as simply orthokeratology) all refer to the technique that utilises reverse-geometry rigid contact lenses to change the shape of the cornea. This is a temporary, reversible technique. Currently is most commonly used to flatten the central corneal curvature temporarily and reduce the corneal eccentricity and with it the patient’s myopia and with-the-rule astigmatism. Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory, often  progressive,  corneal  disease that makes the cornea thinner and modifies its normal curvature, leading  to poor visual acuity. The cornea often acquires anomalous conical shape, from which comes its name.This corneal clinical  condition  has  always  been considered as an impediment to the orthokeratology technique. It affects approximately one person in every two thousand people worldwide, causing visual impairment and  usually  develops  up  to  the age of 40 years. There are some techniques and conducts in the management of keratoconus, among them corneal crosslink, corneal  contact lens adaptation and scleral lenses, intracorneal ring implantation, and corneal transplantation. The need for adaptation of corneal  or  scleral lenses after surgical procedures is relatively common, even if this procedure is minimally invasive, which is not well received by patients,  who hoped to avoid or reduce the need for use of these lenses. In terms of diagnosis, the advent of corneal topography, and more recently corneal tomography, has increased the ability of ophthalmologists to identify corneal ectasia at a much earlier stage than was previously possible. The surgical treatment was the only solution for severe ectasia. Alternative procedures as Orthokeratology could treat Keratoconus making a reshaping of cornea.


Report a case of a patient with keratoconus, with treatment of Orthokeratology, as well as describe it outcome

Case report

A 26-year-old man, single, economy student, one brother with keratoconus and another one with atopic symptoms. Topography with ectasic cornea aspect,  Corneal Endothelial Specular Microscopy (CSM) right eye (OD): 1864 cells/m2, left eye (OS): 2388 cells/mm2; Pachymetry OD: 540 micra, OS: 542 micra; the Visual Acuity (VA) using prescription glasses is OD 20/20, OS 20/40. Intra Ocular Preassure (IOP) is 10mmHg in both eyes, all time long. Posterior segment is without disease, with normal retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, however the optic nerve is excavated: 0,6x0,6 in both eyes. We tried to first fit H XMJ 41.75 -3.00 11.6 Blue lens OD and H XMJ 42.00 -3.00 11.6 Grey lens OS, and then, we fit Smart Lens X 42.50 45.50 -4.00 10.8 (VA 20/25) in OD and Smart Lens X 41.50/44.50 -0.75 10.8 (VA 20/20) in OS. 18 day after the first fit, we’ve changed the lens to G XMJ 41.50 -3.00 green 11.6 Over Target +1.25.


Patient selection is an extremely important part of the fitting exam. Finding the right patient for this procedure decreases the chance of disappointment and also decreases the risk of adverse events, and it builds confidence on the part of the practitioner and the patients. The suitability of patients for orthokeratology depends on many variables, we strongly have to consider the anatomical/physiological and pathological considerations of the eye. Orthokeratology is one of possibilities that may be offered to the patient with Keratoconus  who seeks freedom from spectacles or conventional contact lenses. It is a minimally invasive, reversible technique to be considered. However, they always need to be reminded that the effects of orthokeratology treatment are not permanent and that lens wear and care are required on a frequent basis for the effects to be sustained. Observing the ability to reshape the cornea with keratoconus, in some initial cases it is possible to make a discreet change in the technique and  in the way of adapting the orthokeratology lens, achieving in some cases good visual acuity of these patients without the necessity of using corneal contact lenses or scleral lenses during the day. The application of this variation of the orthokeratology technique allowed, in  these  selected cases of keratoconus, the improvement of the visual acuity of the patient during the day, making unnecessary the use of rigid contact lenses [1-9].


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Terry Lichtor

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Received date: March 22, 2017
Accepted date: April 21, 2017
Published date: April 24, 2017


©2017 Mawson AR. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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Anthony R Mawson

Anthony R Mawson, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Jackson, Mississippi 39213, USA

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