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Eye Contact Lens. 2009 Jul;35(4):185-7. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0b013e3181a9d788.

Recurrence rates of herpes simplex virus keratitis in contact lens and non-contact lens wearers.

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Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, OH, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the recurrence rates of herpes simplex virus (HSV) keratitis in contact lens wearers compared with non-contact lens wearers.

METHODS:

Retrospective cohort study. Charts of patients diagnosed with HSV keratitis seen at the Cleveland Clinic between January 2001 and December 2004 were reviewed.

RESULTS:

One hundred seventeen patients were included in this study: 21 contact lens wearers and 96 non-contact lens wearers. Contact lens wearers were found to have a higher median recurrence rate (0.4 episodes/year) compared with non-contact lens wearers (0.2 episodes/year) (P=0.02). A multivariate regression evaluating factors predictive of the number of recurrences found that contact lens use remained a significant predictive variable (P=0.02) when accounting for patient demographic and disease factors and variable follow-up time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients with a history of HSV keratitis should be counseled about the potential increased risk of recurrence that may be associated with contact lens wear.

PMID:
19502988
DOI:
10.1097/ICL.0b013e3181a9d788
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