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December 1982

Use of Pressure Patching and Soft Contact Lenses in Superior Limbic Keratoconjunctivitis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Eye and Ear Hospital. Dr Mondino is now with the Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles. Dr Zaidman is now with the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(12):1932-1934. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040912008

• Eight patients with superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (SLK) were successfully treated with the use of pressure patching and therapeutic soft contact lenses. In two patients, pressure patching alone was used to eliminate both the signs and symptoms of SLK. Therapeutic soft contact lenses were used after pressure patching in the other six patients to prevent recurrences of SLK. Our results suggest that eliminating the mechanical effect of the lid on the globe by pressure patching and then protecting the superior corneal limbus and adjacent bulbar conjunctiva by soft contact lenses may provide an alternative to silver nitrate applications in the treatment of SLK.

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