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The relationship between myopia progression and axial elongation in children wearing orthokeratology contact lenses
Contact Lens & Anterior Eye  (IF3.077),  Pub Date : 2021-10-05, DOI: 10.1016/j.clae.2021.101517
Zhi Chen, Zhe Zhang, Feng Xue, Jiaqi Zhou, Li Zeng, Xiaomei Qu, Xingtao Zhou

Purpose

To investigate the relationship between myopia progression and axial length (AL) elongation in orthokeratology (ortho-k) patients.

Methods

This study investigated 184 patients (baseline age 9.0 ± 1.6 years), who underwent overnight ortho-k treatment for 12 to 72 months, and stopped lens wear for 1 to 2 months. Refractive sphere and cylinder after cycloplegia, corneal curvatures along both meridians, and AL were compared before the commencement and after discontinuation of ortho-k treatment. The effects of AL change, baseline AL, corneal curvature change, baseline age, and duration of ortho-k treatment on the change in spherical equivalent refractive error (SER) were analysed.

Results

Myopia significantly progressed and AL increased following 32.8 ± 13.0 months of ortho-k lens wear and 1 to 2 months washout period, as compared to baseline (all P < 0.001). Corneal curvature along the flat meridian (FK) became significantly flatter (P < 0.001) and corneal curvature along the steep meridian (SK) became steeper (P = 0.036). In the first stepwise multiple linear regression model (R2 = 0.696), the change in SER over time (ΔSER) is significantly correlated to the change in AL (ΔAL, P < 0.001), baseline AL (P < 0.001), baseline age (P = 0.028), change in SK (P = 0.002), and the duration of ortho-k lens treatment before discontinuation (P = 0.010). In a more simplified model (R2 = 0.628), the regression equation using ΔAL to predict ΔSER is: ΔSER = -0.094–1.608*ΔAL.

Conclusions

The change in SER was significantly correlated to the change in AL, change in SK, baseline AL, baseline age, and the duration of treatment among children undergoing ortho-k therapy. The ratio of axial elongation to myopia progression was approximately 1:1.6 between the ages of 6 to 14 years. A simplified equation was derived for clinical use to estimate myopia progression from repeated AL measurement in ortho-k patients.