Prototype base curve attachment for the topographer: What will replace the vanishing radiuscope?

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  • Background: With the disappearance of the radiuscope, alternative methods must be developed to accurately measure gas-permeable (GP) lenses. The purpose of this study was to design, manufacture, and test a novel attachment for the evaluation of spherical base curves of GP rigid contact lenses using a corneal topographer. Methods: A topographer attachment was devised with the intent of measuring the surface radii of GP lenses. A front-surface mirror was fixed at a 45° angle above a hemispherical GP lens mount taken from a radiuscope. The device was set in the chin rest of a Humphrey Atlas topographer (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Jena, Germany) such that the image from the back of a GP surface was focused. The base curve radii of 9 rigid polymer buttons nominally ranging from 5.00 mm to 9.00 mm in 0.5-mm steps were measured 3 times with a Neitz Auto CG (Neitz Instruments Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan), Reichert Radiuscope (Reichert Ophthalmic Instruments, Depew, New York), and Humphrey Atlas topographer using the base curve (BC) attachment. Results: An analysis of variance with replication and without interaction, using the main effects of measurement method (n = 5) and nominal button radius (n = 9), found that there was no statistically significant effect of the base curve measurement method (F[4, 122] = 1.23; P = 0.303), although there was a statistically significant effect of nominal button radius (F[8, 122] = 4.70; P = 0.003). Conclusions: Although the optical system of the corneal topographer was designed for measurement of convex surfaces, measurement of base curve radii from concave surfaces was performed without a correction factor using the prototype attachment. The mean SimK and Axial radii were within the tolerance for GP base curve radius, 0.05 mm, cited in ANSI Z80.20-2004 and ISO 18369-2:2006. Thus, the clinical feasibility of this prototype BC attachment to support measurement of spherical base curve radii for GP lenses by a corneal topographer was demonstrated. © 2009 American Optometric Association.
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  • Elder KS; Benjamin WJ
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  • 131
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  • 80
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