Therapeutic contact lens as the primary treatment for traumatic corneal erosions

Emil Gilad, Irit Bahar, Benjamin Rotberg, Dov Weinberger

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Background: Corneal erosions, a common and very painful ailment, are traditionally treated with pressure patches and antibiotic ointment but the healing is slow. Objectives: To report our experience with the use of therapeutic contact lenses for the primary treatment of traumatic corneal erosions. Methods: During the last 5 years in a single community clinic 65 consecutive patients with traumatic corneal erosions were treated with a corneal contact lens and antibiotic drops as a routine measure. The charts were reviewed for outcome, side effects and complications. Results: Healing of the corneal erosions occurred within 1 to 3 days in all patients, with minimal or no pain. No corneal infection occurred. One patient had a recurrence that was successfully treated by lens placement. Conclusions: The therapeutic contact lens with antibiotic drops is a safe and effective method to treat traumatic corneal erosions, and patients can immediately resume their regular activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-29
Number of pages2
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


  • Therapeutic contact lens
  • Traumatic corneal erosions


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