Korean J Ophthalmol > Volume 9(1); 1995 > Article
Korean Journal of Ophthalmology 1995;9(1):26-31.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3341/kjo.1995.9.1.26    Published online June 30, 1995.
Epithelial healing time and rate of the cornea after myopic epikeratoplasty.
Jeong Hyeon Sohn, Sang Kyoung Choi, Jin Hak Lee
1Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul Red-Cross Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
This study was performed to investigate the corneal epithelial healing time and rate according to the method for promoting the reepithelization after myopic epikeratoplasty. A prospective study was conducted on 30 myopic epikeratoplasties which were divided into 3 groups according to the method for promoting the epithelial healing. The groups consisted of 10 eyes with pressure patches, 10 eyes with Acuvue(R) disposable contact lens (CL) and 10 eyes with SeeQuence(R) disposable CL. The cornea epithelial healing time were 3.4, 3.5 and 3.4 postoperative days for the pressure patch, Acuvue(R) CL and SeeQuence(R) CL groups, respectively. The corneal epithelial healing rates during postoperative 1, 2, and 3 days were 0.33, 0.78, and 0.44 mm2/hour for the pressure patch group; 0.24, 0.92 and 0.37 mm2/hour for the Acuvue(R) CL group; and 0.30, 0.79 and 0.38 mm2/hour for the SeeQuence(R) CL group. These results suggest that a disposable contact lens may not hinder epithelial healing compared with a pressure patch.
Key Words: corneal epithetial healing;epikeratoplasty;pressure patch;contact lens

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