Retardation of Myopia in Orthokeratology (ROMIO) Study: A 2-Year Randomized Clinical Trial

School of Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science (Impact Factor: 3.4). 09/2012; 53(11):7077-85. DOI: 10.1167/iovs.12-10565
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This single-masked randomized clinical trial aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of orthokeratology (ortho-k) for myopic control.

A total of 102 eligible subjects, ranging in age from 6 to 10 years, with myopia between 0.50 and 4.00 diopters (D) and astigmatism not more than 1.25D, were randomly assigned to wear ortho-k lenses or single-vision glasses for a period of 2 years. Axial length was measured by intraocular lens calculation by a masked examiner and was performed at the baseline and every 6 months. This study was registered at, number NCT00962208.

In all, 78 subjects (37 in ortho-k group and 41 in control group) completed the study. The average axial elongation, at the end of 2 years, were 0.36 ± 0.24 and 0.63 ± 0.26 mm in the ortho-k and control groups, respectively, and were significantly slower in the ortho-k group (P < 0.01). Axial elongation was not correlated with the initial myopia (P > 0.54) but was correlated with the initial age of the subjects (P < 0.001). The percentages of subjects with fast myopic progression (>1.00D per year) were 65% and 13% in younger (age range: 7-8 years) and older (age range: 9-10 years) children, respectively, in the control group and were 20% and 9%, respectively, in the ortho-k group. Five subjects discontinued ortho-k treatment due to adverse events.

On average, subjects wearing ortho-k lenses had a slower increase in axial elongation by 43% compared with that of subjects wearing single-vision glasses. Younger children tended to have faster axial elongation and may benefit from early ortho-k treatment. ( number, NCT00962208.).

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    • "The prevalence of myopia has increased dramatically worldwide [1] [2] [3], with associated ocular health risks resulting in myopia becoming a leading cause of visual impairment and blindness [4– 6]. In the interest of trying to prevent myopia or slow its progression, various optical modalities are either being trialled clinically, or currently under development, including novel spectacle lens designs [7] [8], multifocal soft contact lenses (MFSCLs) [9] [10] [11], and orthokeratology [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]. Myopia is likely a multifactorial condition, and it is possible that different factors come into play for different individuals and/or under different conditions. "
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To characterise the effects on accommodation and binocular vision in young adults of 2 distance centre multifocal soft contact lenses (MFSCLs), differing in add power. Methods: Twenty-four young adult myopes (18-28 years; 20 females, 4 males) had baseline visual acuity, accommodation, near phoria, fixation disparity and stereopsis data collected with single vision (SV) SCLs. The same set of measurements was repeated immediately after subjects were fitted with each of two MFSCLs (with either +1.50 or +3.00 D add), and after 2 weeks of daily wear in each case. The order of testing was randomised and a one-week washout period was allowed between the first and second MFSCL trials. Results: Differences in distance and near acuities with MFSCLs compared to SVSCLs were small and clinically insignificant. Compared to responses with SVSCLs, MFSCLs increased accommodative lags with this change reaching statistical significance for the +1.50 D add lens. Furthermore, both MFSCLs induced significant shifts in near phorias in the exo direction. Finally, there were no significant differences in stereopsis and fixation disparity with MFSCLs compared to SVSCLs. Conclusion: Differences in acuities, accommodation accuracy and binocular posture with MFSCLs compared to SVSCLs were clinically small and mostly not significant. These results predict good tolerance of MFSCLs in young patients fitted with them for myopia control.
    Contact lens & anterior eye: the journal of the British Contact Lens Association 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clae.2015.09.004 · 1.37 Impact Factor
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    • "Two studies were randomized controlled trials (RCTs) [19] [22], and the remaining 6 were cohort trials [16–18, 20, 21, 23]. Six of the eight studies used common OK as treatment [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21], while the remaining two used partial reduction orthokeratology (PRok) and toric orthokeratology (Tok), respectively [22] [23]. In the control group, seven studies used single vision spectacles (SV) [16, 18–23] and one employed soft contact (SC) lenses [17]. "
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    • "Considering the evidence that orthokeratology slows myopia progression [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] and that this treatment induces a substantial change in the peripheral refractive error [15] of the myopic eye toward high degrees of peripheral myopic defocus and astigmatism , a link has been suggested between relative peripheral hyperopic defocus and myopia progression in humans [9] [11]. Some ophthalmic lenses [7] and contact lenses [16] have been designed specifically to arrest myopia progression based on this hypothetical mechanism. "
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