To provide an update for postoperative pain control strategies to help ophthalmic surgeons establish a more effective management plan for patients who underwent advanced surface ablation surgeries.
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The postoperative cornea’s healing process is accompanied by intense pain as the chief complaint in the first days after the operation. Several strategies were developed to relieve postoperative pain after surface ablation procedures. These strategies included different preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative methods. Considering the preoperative demographic and emotional factors, underlying dry eye, alternative epithelial removal techniques, bandage contact lenses, and topical or oral therapeutic agents are some examples of postoperative pain treatments after surface ablation procedures.
The current review revealed that despite the development of numerous protocols to relieve postoperative pain following surface ablations, the best approach could be a combination of different strategies. In practice, no validated and standardized strategy is available for total elimination of postoperative pain following advanced surface ablation surgeries. .