Vision of low astigmats through thick and thin lathe-cut soft contact lenses

Hie Hua Wong, George C. Woo

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Distance and near visual acuity of 13 low astigmats were determined in a double-masked experiment through thick and thin (centre thickness 0.12 mm and 0.06 mm, respectively) spherical lathe-cut soft lenses. For each lens type, distance and near LogMAR VA and over-refraction were assessed with different logMAR VA charts. For 70% of the subjects, the residual astigmatism was significantly lower than the refractive astigmatism with thicker lenses. No statistically significant differences in the distance and near logMAR VA was found between the two lens types using any of the charts used, though, in general, logMAR VA obtained through the thicker lens was better than logMAR VA through the thinner lens. The variabilities in distance and near logMAR VA between the two lens types increased with decreased contrast. The variabilities in distance logMAR VA were greater with Chinese charts than with English charts, and LogMAR VA with Chinese charts were significantly worse for both lens types. Based on the results of this study, we concluded that thicker spherical lathe-cut soft lenses provide better vision in low astigmats. The Snellen acuity test is inadequate for vision assessment of soft contact lens wearers. When a patient wearing thin soft contact lenses complains of poor vision in spite of 6/6 or 6/5 Snellen acuity, changing to thicker lenses may be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalContact Lens and Anterior Eye
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Astigmats
  • Chinese VA chart
  • Lens thickness
  • LogMAR
  • Soft contact lenses
  • Vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry

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