Purpose: To evaluate postoperative healing between bandage contact lenses with high and low oxygen permeability in patients having photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Setting: Center for Refractive Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. Methods: This retrospective study compared patients receiving a high-oxygen-transmission bandage contact lens (Focus Night & Day [N&D], Ciba Vision; n = 92) and those receiving a low-oxygen-transmission lens (Proclear, Cooper Vision; n = 114) after PRK. Visual outcomes, safety, and efficacy were assessed postoperatively at 1, 4, and 7 days and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Results: Overall pain scores were higher in the Proclear group at 1 day (P = .000) and 4 days (P = .027). The N&D group had an increase in corneal infiltrates at 4 days (P = .025) and 1 week (P = .017). At 1 month, 40.4% of patients in the Proclear group and 18.6% in the N&D group had a 1 or more line decrease in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) (P = .002). Although there was a trend toward a higher haze rate in the Proclear group, it was not statistically significant (P = .064). There was no statistically significant difference in uncorrected visual acuity, goal of emmetropia, contrast sensitivity, or reepithelialization. Conclusions: The N&D lens produced less pain and better postoperative results in terms of haze and BSCVA at 1 month. However, it led to a higher incidence of corneal infiltrates. There was no difference between the lenses in the end result at 12 months.
ASJC Scopus subject areas