Journal article

Effect of variations in surgical technique and patient management on outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy

CA McCarty, GF Aldred, T Couper, HR Taylor

Journal of Refractive Surgery | SLACK INC | Published : 1997


PURPOSE: To describe variation in surgical and patient management and to assess their effect on 12-month outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). METHODS: The following variations in surgical/patient management related to PRK were observed and assessed: treatment based on cycloplegic refraction, administration of anesthesia, marking of visual axis, diameter of zone marker, method of epithelial removal, use of intraoperative artificial tears, type of fixation during surgery, replacement of epithelium after surgery, use of a bandage contact lens or two pressure patches, and use of topical nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs after surgery. The outcomes assessed were spherical equivalent m..

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