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Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2014 Jun;37(3):175-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2013.09.012. Epub 2013 Oct 27.

The effects of soft contact lens use on cornea and patient's recovery after autograft pterygium surgery.

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1
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey. Electronic address: mutluaysen@hotmail.com.
2
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey.
3
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Bezmialem University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate usage of soft contact lens (SCL) on post-operative pain relief and daily, activity due to pterygium surgery.

METHODS:

Autograft pterygium surgery was performed to 63 eyes of 63 patients. After surgery in 30, eyes of 30 patients in group-1, SCL was placed on the cornea. In 33 patients of group-2, antibiotic, pomade was applied and tightly covered with bandage. Follow-up visits were performed on 24th and, 48th h after the surgery. Re-epithelization time and pain scores were compared.

RESULTS:

Patients' 24th h pain score was 2.96 ± 0.76 in group-1, and 4.15 ± 0.75 in group-2. The mean, pain score for 48 h was 1.66 ± 0.66 in group-1, and 2.96 ± 0.68 in group-2. Patients' pain scores for, both 24th h and 48th h were lower in group-1 (p<0.01). The mean re-epithelization times in, group 1 and 2 were 48 and 56.7h, respectively. Corneal re-epithelization is improved in patients, with SCL compared to group 2.

CONCLUSION:

SCL seems effective on reducing post-operative pain and eye stinging, and may accelerate, corneal re-epithelization and maintaining daily activities.

KEYWORDS:

Pain; Pterygium; Soft contact lens; Surgery

PMID:
24172652
DOI:
10.1016/j.clae.2013.09.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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