Use of Eye Shields and Eye Lubricants Among Oculoplastic and Mohs Surgeons:A Survey

September 2009 | Volume 8 | Issue 9 | Original Article | 855 | Copyright © September 2009

Christina A. Ogle BSE, Elisabeth K. Shim MD, James A. Godwin JD

Background: Eye shields and lubricants are recommended for use in the eye during periorbital surgery to prevent injury to the globe. Nonetheless, data regarding their use is sparse, and no study to date has examined the prevalence of their usage and complications.

Purpose: To investigate how commonly eye shields and lubricants are used during periorbital surgery and whether there are complications from their use.

Methods: The authors conducted a survey of oculoplastic and Mohs surgery fellowship directors. The questionnaire investigated the prevalence of use of eye shields and lubricants, complications encountered, and whether the standard of care requires or prohibits their use.

Results: A majority of those surveyed at least sometimes use eye shields in periorbital surgery, particularly to prevent patient injury. Most surgeons believe there are more pros than cons to their use. However, corneal abrasions may be encountered and may be related to the type of lubricant chosen. Surgeons using fat-based lubricants tended to encounter more complications with eye shield use.

Conclusion: Eye shield and lubricant use is common among oculoplastic and Mohs surgeons. However, most disagree as to whether the standard of care requires or forbids their use.