Perioperative Corneal Abrasion: Updated Guidelines for Prevention and Management

Menyoli M. Malafa, Jayne E. Coleman, R. Wayne Bowman, Rod J. Rohrich

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Corneal abrasion is the most common ocular complication in surgery. Treatment requires pain control, antimicrobial prophylaxis, and close monitoring. Pain improves significantly after 24 hours and should be resolved by 48 hours. Persistent, worsening, or new symptoms warrant immediate specialist consultation. The authors review the pathophysiology of perioperative corneal abrasion, and propose updated evidence-based guidelines for improved patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790e-798e
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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