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Pterygium Removal Using a Polyethylene Glycol Hydrogel Adherent Ocular Bandage

Hirst, Lawrence W. MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e3182847a6a
Clinical Science

Purpose: To describe the result of using a polyethylene glycol hydrogel contact lens (ReSure; Ocular Therapeutix, Inc, Bedford, MA) as a protective bandage over denuded areas of Tenons after pterygium removal.

Methods: Five sequential patients underwent pterygium removal with a conjunctival autograft and painting of bare Tenons in the area of the graft retrieval with a biodegradable polymer, and these patients were followed for 1 year for immediate postoperative pain, epithelial healing, and long-term conjunctival scarring.

Results: All patients showed prolonged persistence of the polymer for up to 8 to 10 weeks with resultant increased conjunctival inflammation and scarring with no evidence of decreased postoperative pain.

Conclusions: This hydrogel polymer seems to cause prolonged inflammation and resultant scarring when used over extended areas of Tenons, and it has no role in reducing pain after pterygium surgery.

*Queensland Eye Institute, Brisbane, Australia;

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; and

The Australian Pterygium Centre, Brisbane, Australia.

Reprints: Prof Lawrence W. Hirst, The Australian Pterygium Centre, 232 Oxley Road, Graceville, Australia 4075 (e-mail:

Supported in part by the Prevent Blindness Foundation, Brisbane, Australia, which had no role in the design or conduct of the research.

The author owns the trademark P.E.R.F.E.C.T. for PTERYGIUM.

Received December 12, 2012

Accepted December 21, 2012

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