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Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2015 Oct;38(5):382-8. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2015.03.015. Epub 2015 Apr 22.

Contact lens management of irregular corneas after traumatic aphakia: A pediatric case series.

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New England College of Optometry, 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115 USA. Electronic address:
Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, 85 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118 USA. Electronic address:



Pediatric patients account for 35% of all cases that present after ocular trauma and 20.9% of those result in a ruptured globe. When repairing the globe, the removal of the natural lens results in a significant change in refractive error and loss of accommodation. In addition, the eye can have scarring, irregular astigmatism, and changes to the ocular surface. Treatment and vision rehabilitation should be aggressive and done quickly to prevent amblyopia. Advanced lens designs are often needed to treat both the irregular ocular surface and the aphakia. Treatment options are often confounded with the usual issues of contact lens compliance, intolerance, and complications.


This case series follows three aphakic pediatric patients through the contact lens fitting process after sustaining a ruptured globe that left them aphakic with residual irregular astigmatism and corneal scarring. Patient 1 is a 3-year-old Hispanic male fit with a bitoric gas permeable contact lens with irregular astigmatism and an elevated central corneal scarring. Patient 2 is a 12-year-old Caucasian male with minimal residual astigmatism fit in a multifocal soft contact lens. Patient 3 is an 8-year-old African American male fit with a hybrid contact lens that was needed to vault the irregular astigmatism and central corneal scarring.


Treating patients with irregular corneas or aphakia can be challenging in their own right, but in combination are some of the most advanced specialty contact lens fittings. This case series followed three pediatric patients through the fitting process and demonstrated the options and challenges when fitting this unique patient population.


Amblyopia; Aphakia; Gas-permeable contact lens; Hybrid contact lens; Irregular cornea; Ocular trauma; Pediatric; Ruptured globe; Soft multifocal contact lens

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