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Mechanical Versus Alcohol Epithelial Debridement During Hotorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 11, 2009
Last Update Posted : October 13, 2010
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Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Brief Summary:
In this prospective randomized clinical trial, confocal microscopy was used to evaluate the effect of mechanical versus alcohol-assisted epithelial debridement during photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)on corneal cellular elements. Sixty-six eyes of 33 subjects with a spherical equivalent less than -4.00 D who completed all follow-up visits were evaluated.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Refractive Error Myopia Procedure: Mechanical debridement Procedure: Alcohol-assisted debridement Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 33 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Mechanical Versus Alcohol-Assisted Epithelial Debridement During Photorefractive Keratectomy: A Confocal Microscopic Clinical Trial
Study Start Date : July 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2010

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Mechanical debridment
In this arm, corneal epithelium was removed during PRK using conventional mechanical method.
Procedure: Mechanical debridement
For mechanical epithelial removal, an 8.0-mm optical zone marker was applied to the cornea, centering over the entrance pupil. A hockey spatula was used to remove the central corneal epithelium.

Experimental: Alcohol-asstisted debridement
In this arm, corneal epithelium was removed using ethanol 20% during PRK.
Procedure: Alcohol-assisted debridement
For alcohol-assisted debridement, 20% ethyl-alcohol solution was instilled into an 8.0-mm well and kept in contact with epithelium for 20 seconds (being careful to avoid spillage over the areas not being treated). It then absorbed using a dry cellulose sponge followed by copious irrigation with BSS. The epithelium of the central cornea was removed using a blunt spatula.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Corneal cellular elements.
    Confocal microscopic findings of corneal cellular elements.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • spherical equivalent ≤ -4.0 D
  • cylinder ≤ 1.50 D

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of ocular trauma or surgery
  • any corneal and ocular pathologies
  • central corneal thickness < 500 µm
  • scotopic pupil diameter > 6.0 mm
  • any abnormalities in corneal plain or elevation topographies favoring keratoconus or other ectatic disorders
  • the presence of systemic disorders such as collagen vascular diseases

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00918697

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Iran, Islamic Republic of
Ophthalmic Research Center
Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 16666
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
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Responsible Party: Ophthalmic Research Center,, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences Identifier: NCT00918697    
Other Study ID Numbers: 8713
First Posted: June 11, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 13, 2010
Last Verified: April 2010
Keywords provided by Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences:
photorefractive keratectomy
alcohol-assisted debridement
mechanical debridement
confocal scan
confocal microscopy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Refractive Errors
Eye Diseases