Contrast sensitivity and visual acuity in subjects wearing multifocal contact lenses with high additions designed for myopia progression control

Katarzyna Przekoracka, Krzysztof Michalak, Jan Olszewski, Fabrizio Zeri, Andrzej Michalski, Joanna Paluch, Anna Przekoracka-krawczyk

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Abstract

Objectives
To assess the visual performance of multifocal contact lenses (MFCLs) with high addition powers designed for myopia control.

Methods
Twenty-four non-presbyopic adults (mean age 24 years, range 18–36 years) were fitted with soft MFCLs with add powers of +2.0 D (Add2) and +4.0 D (Add4) (RELAX, SwissLens) and single vision lenses (SVCL; Add0) in a counterbalanced order. In this double-masked study, half of the participants were randomly fitted with 3 mm-distance central zone MFCLs while the other half received 4.5 mm-distance central zone MFCLs. Visual acuity was measured at distance (3.0 m) and at near (0.4 m). Central and peripheral contrast sensitivity was evaluated at distance using the Gabor patch test. The area under the logarithmic contrast sensitivity function curve (ALCSF) was calculated and compared between the groups (i.e. different additions powers used).

Results
Near and distance visual acuities were not affected by the lenses, neither Add2 nor Add4, when compared to Add0, however, CZ3 significantly reduced distance visual acuity with Add4 when compared to CZ4.5 (−0.08 logMAR vs. for CZ3 and -0.18 logMAR for CZ4.5, p = 0.013).

MFCLs impaired central ALCSF only when Add2 was used (15.99 logCS for Add2 and 16.36 logCS for SVCLs, p = 0.021). Peripheral ALCSF was statistically lower for both addition powers of the MFCLs when compared to SVCLs (12.70 for Add2 and Add4, 13.73 for SVCLs, p = 0.009). The above effects were the same for both central zones used.

Conclusions
MFCLs with CZ3 diameter and high add power (Add4) slightly reduced distance visual acuity when compared to CZ4.5 but no reduction in this parameter was found with medium add power (Add2). Central contrast sensitivity was impaired only by MFCLs with the lower add power (Add2). Both add powers in the MFCLs reduced peripheral contrast sensitivity to a similar extent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalContact Lens and Anterior Eye
Volume43
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Contrast sensitivity
  • Multifocal contact lenses
  • Myopia
  • Myopia control
  • Myopia progression

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