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Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2015 Jun;38(3):215-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2015.01.017. Epub 2015 Feb 20.

Compare the effects of two silicone-hydrogel bandage contact lenses on epithelial healing after photorefractive keratectomy with anterior segment optical coherence tomography.

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1
Istanbul Medipol University, Department of Ophthalmology, Istanbul, Turkey.
2
Istanbul Medipol University, Department of Ophthalmology, Istanbul, Turkey. Electronic address: karamansevil@gmail.com.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the efficacy of two silicone hydrogel bandage lenses (SiHy) on epithelial healing following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) with anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT).

METHODS:

Forty-two eyes of 21 patients who underwent PRK were included in a contralateral eye comparison study. At the end of the procedure, one eye of each patient was fitted with a Lotrafilcon B contact lens whereas the fellow eye was fitted with a Comfilicon A lens. Patients were examined on the day of surgery and at days 1-5 postoperatively. Main outcome measures were number of reepithelialized eyes, epithelial defect size, patient discomfort score and average complete reepithelization time.

RESULTS:

The number of mean reepithelialized eyes was showed no statistical significance between both groups during the follow up. Average epithelial defect size for Comfilcon A and Lotrafilcon B was 32.7±12.2mm(2) vs. 33.3±12mm(2) at day 1 (p=0.279) and 13.1±6mm(2) vs. 14.5±9mm(2) at day 3 postoperatively (p=0.018). Average re-epithelialization time was 3.1 days for Comfilcon A and 3.6 days for Lotrafilcon B (p=0.03). Mean subjective discomfort score was 2.25±0.96 in eyes with Lotrafilcon B and 1.64±0.67 in eyes with Comfilcon A on the first exam the day after surgery and until third day the differences were statistically significant (p=0.011 and p=0.012, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS:

AS-OCT is a reliable and noncontact method for assessment of reepithelialization under contact lenses after PRK. Eyes with Comfilcon A showed a statistically significant better discomfort score and faster reepithelialization time.

KEYWORDS:

Anterior segment optical coherence tomography; Bandage contact lens; Photorefractive keratectomy

PMID:
25707929
DOI:
10.1016/j.clae.2015.01.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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