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2021 Jan 28

Acad Emerg Med

Topical Pain Control for Corneal Abrasions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.


Yu CW, Kirubarajan A, Yau M, Armstrong D, Johnson DE
Acad Emerg Med. 2021 Jan 28.
PMID: 33508879.


Corneal abrasions are common ophthalmic presentations to emergency departments. Among emergency physicians and ophthalmologists, there are highly variable practice patterns with regards to management of resultant pain and discomfort. The goal of this study is to review and analyze the efficacy and safety of topical pain therapies for corneal abrasions, including topical anesthetics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cycloplegics, steroids, pressure patching, and the use of a bandage contact lens (BCL).