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Use of bandage soft contact lens at the end of cataract surgery

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First Author: A.Figueiredo BRAZIL

Co Author(s):    P. Ferreira   F. Lopes   A. Dias   H. Zanardi           

Abstract Details

Purpose:

To investigate the safety and comfort of use of bandage soft contact lens (BSCL) at the end of uneventful conventional and femtosecond laser-assisted phacoemulsification.

Setting:

UNIVALI- UNIVERSIDADE DO VALE DO ITAJAI- SANTA CATARINA, BRAZIL Oftalmos- Hospital da Vis�Ã�£o, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Methods:

Sixty consecutive patients had uneventful bilateral cataract surgery by the same surgeon. Thirty patients had femtosecond laser�â�€�“assisted cataract surgery and thirty had conventional phacoemulsification. In all patients, at the end of the procedure, the first treated eye received a drop of moxifloxacin and dexamethasone. The fellow eye received in addition a BSCL, kept in the eye for 3-4 days. Safety measures included adverse events and biomicroscopic findings. Patients completed a close-ended questionnaire on satisfaction with analgesia and comfort during 1 month postoperatively. Statistical significance was determined using the Kruskal-Wallis 1-way analysis of variance on ranks test.

Results:

Patient demographics were similar between groups. There was a slightly higher incidence of corneal edema at the first postoperative day in eyes with a BSCL. There was no significant difference in corneal haze between the eyes with or without contact lens 3 days after the procedure. The level of comfort was significantly higher when the contact lens was used.

Conclusions:

Although a slightly increased corneal edema at the first day, the safety of the use of a BSCL at the end of cataract surgery appears to be safe. The majority of patients experienced better postoperative comfort from the application of a BSCL. Additionally, contact lenses�Â� could potentially also be used to deliver medications to the eye after a cataract surgery.�Â� 

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