Limbal-Rigid Contact Lens Wear for the Treatment of Ocular Surface Disorders: A Review

Yulia Aziza, Motohiro Itoi, Mayumi Ueta, Tsutomu Inatomi, Shigeru Kinoshita, Chie Sotozono

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Recently, the prescription of large-diameter rigid gas-permeable contact lenses (CLs), also known as "scleral lenses,""corneoscleral lenses,"and "limbal-rigid CLs,"is on the rise for the treatment of both moderate and severe ocular surface disorders (OSDs). Compared with scleral lenses, the diameter of limbal-rigid CLs is generally smaller, that is, a diameter ranging from 13.0 to 14.0 mm, and they are designed so that the peripheral edge bears on the limbus. The Suncon Kyoto-CS (Sun Contact Lens Co., Ltd.) is a novel limbal-rigid CL design with multistep curves on the peripheral edge for easy tear exchange during blinking that removes debris and prevents lens clouding or fogging, thus allowing patients to enjoy a longer daily duration of CL wear. In severe OSD cases, limbal-rigid CL wear after surgery is a noninvasive therapeutic approach that can neutralize corneal irregularities, decrease dry eye symptoms, prevent the progression or recurrence of symblepharon, and improve the patient's visual acuity and overall quality of life. Thus, surgeries such as amniotic membrane transplantation and cultivated oral mucosal epithelial transplantation, as well as limbal-rigid CL wear, which is noninvasive, are valuable and effective treatment strategies that can now be applied for the management of patients afflicted with severe OSDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-317
Number of pages5
JournalEye and Contact Lens
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


  • Large-diameter rigid gas-permeable contact lens
  • Limbal-rigid contact lens
  • Ocular surface disorders
  • SJS
  • TEN


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