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First Author: M.Shaeri IRAN
Co Author(s): Z. Sharifi Tabar R. Nazari M. Adib Hajbagheri N. Masoudi Alavi
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To compare the preventive effect of adhesive tapes and eye ointments, this study carried out in ICU patients.
Matini Hospital, Kashan University of Medical Sciences. Shariaty Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
In this study 87 patients in ICU randomly grouped in 3 classes for receiving adhesive tapes (group I) simple eye ointment (group II) and control group (group III). All patients examined for signs of dry eye (schirmer test) and corneal abrasion before study and at days one and five after treatment.
On the first day of treatment there was no difference between three groups but at fifth day, 14 patients (48.3%) of adhesive tapes group (group I) had dry eye and 6 patients (20.7%) corneal abrasion or ulcer, in (group II) 12 patients (41.4%) had dry eye and 3 patients (10.3%) had corneal abrasion or ulcer. In control group 12 patients (41.4%) had dry eye and 4 patients (13.7%) had abrasion or ulcer.
Eye lubricants are more effective than adhesive tapes for prevention of corneal abrasion or dry eye signs in ICU patients.