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Randomised controlled trial of ketorolac in the management of korneal abrasions

Goyal, R., Shankar, Jai, Fone, David Lawrence ORCID: and Hughes, D. 2001. Randomised controlled trial of ketorolac in the management of korneal abrasions. Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica 79 (2) , pp. 177-179. 10.1034/j.1600-0420.2001.079002177.x

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Purpose: To evaluate the role of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) in the management of corneal abrasions with respect to symptoms and healing. Methods: The study was designed as a prospective, single center, randomised, placebo controlled, double-blinded trial. Eighty-eight consecutive patients with non-infective, non-contact lens related traumatic or foreign body removal related corneal abrasions were recruited to this study. They were randomised into two groups. Both groups were given a single instillation of Gutt. cyclopentolate 0.5% followed by chloramphenicol eye ointment four times a day until the following day. In addition, the treatment group received topical Ketorolac trometamol 0.5% ophthalmic solution while the control group received placebo Liquifilm tears. Patients were assessed at presentation and about twenty-four hours later for subjective symptoms, abrasion size and any associated complications. Results: There was no statistical difference in the two groups at base line and twenty-four hour follow-up when assessed for five subjective symptoms of pain, photophobia, grittiness, watering and blurring of vision. However, those receiving topical ketorolac required significantly less additional oral analgesics (p=0.001). There was no difference in the rate of healing. Conclusion: Use of topical ketorolac may be a useful adjunct in the management of corneal abrasions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1395-3907
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:56

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