Volume : 3
Issue : 2
Online ISSN : 2395-1451
Print ISSN : 2395-1443
Article First Page : 227
Article End Page : 230
Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of bandage contact lens in various corneal disorders.
Methods: Bandage contact lens was applied to patients who required corneal re-epithelialization promotion or pain reduction in various corneal disorders from January 2002 to April 2004 at Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Thiruvananthapuram. Informed written consents were obtained. Bandage contact lens was applied in the diseased eye. Lens centration and movement was assessed with slit-lamp. Patients were evaluated the next day and then on weekly basis for improvement of ocular condition or occurrence of any complication. After 1 week the lens was carefully removed and cleaned with antibiotic drops. The lens was discarded in case of spoilage or in an event of any complication .The patients were followed depending on their clinical case and usage was stopped on successful outcome. Patients were also put on topical medications according to the case.
Results: Immediate pain relief was achieved in almost all patients. Complete corneal re-epitelialization was achieved in about a week. Two patients developed corneal edema and therefore had to discontinue the bandage contact lens. One patient did not tolerate the contact lens and left the study.
Conclusion: The results showed that bandage contact lens was rather safe, efficient and performed well in treatment of various corneal disorders. However it should be used with caution and closely monitored for any complications.
Keyword: Bandage Contact Lens, Corneal Re-epithelialization, Pain Reduction