To assess the efficacy of using a bandage contact lens (BCL) for 3 months for recurrent corneal erosions (RCE) to facilitate epithelial adhesion.
Retrospective study of patients presented to the Casey Eye Institute (Portland, OR) with RCE after failing at least 6 weeks of medical lubrication therapy. Subjects were treated with an extended-wear BCL for 3 months and then followed for approximately 1 year. The main outcome measure was recurrence of RCE. Best-corrected visual acuity was measured before and after BCL therapy.
From the 12 patients studied, 9 (75%) had no recurrence of RCE after approximately 1 year of follow-up. Three subjects had subjective complaints of recurrent erosion during the follow-up period with 1 of these 3 subjects having objective findings of a recurrent erosion.
Three-month BCL treatment is a safe and effective medical therapy with a relatively low recurrence rate of RCE.
From the Casey Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR.
Received for publication September 1, 2009; revision received May 10, 2010; accepted May 12, 2010.
Supported in part by an unrestricted grant to Casey Eye Institute from Research to Prevent Blindness, New York, NY.
Reprints: Frederick W. Fraunfelder, Casey Eye Institute Cornea Service, 3375 SW Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR 97239-4197 (e-mail: email@example.com).