Purpose: To investigate the effects of a single instillation of hypotonic 0.18% sodium hyaluronate artificial tears on wavefront aberrations in dry eye patients.
Methods: Fifty patients with dry eye were recruited into this single-center, prospective, double-masked, randomized controlled trial. Patients were randomly assigned to receive one drop of preservative-free, hypotonic 0.18% sodium hyaluronate (treatment) in one eye and one drop of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride solution (control) in the other eye. Ocular aberrations evaluated by a Hartmann-Shack aberrometer and severity of dry eye symptoms graded by a questionnaire (at baseline, 1, 10, 30, 60, and 120 minutes after instillation) were the main outcome measures.
Results: After a single instillation of one drop of the allocated eye drops, there were no statistically significant differences between the treatment and control groups in total higher-order aberrations, coma, and spherical aberrations during the study period (p = 0.40, 0.57, and 0.16, respectively). Although a statistically significant (p = 0.04) decrease from baseline in spherical aberrations was noted in the treatment group at 1 minute following instillation, it gradually increased back to baseline values at later time points. A statistically significant diminishment of dry eye symptoms compared with the placebo was reported at all time points by the treatment group (p < 0.001).
Conclusions: A single instillation of hypotonic 0.18% sodium hyaluronate eye drops is safe and effective in alleviating subjective dry eye symptoms; however, it does not appear to affect higher-order aberrations in moderate to severe dry eye patients.
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Kaevalin Lekhanont Department of Ophthalmology Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University Rama VI Rd., Rajathevi Bangkok 10400 Thailand e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org