Ocular Demodicosis as a Risk Factor of Pterygium Recurrence – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To evaluate ocular demodicosis as a potential risk factor in pterygium recurrence.Design: Cross-sectional study to correlate clinical findings with laboratory data.Participants: We retrospectively reviewed 94 patients (43 with primary and 51 with recurrent pterygia), among whom 68 patients received surgical correction, and prospectively enrolled another 23 pterygium patients and 14 nonpterygium controls for measuring the tear level of interleukin (IL)-17.Methods: All patients had microscopically confirmed ocular demodicosis. Statistical correlations were analyzed among age, sex, aqueous tear deficiency, dry eye, ocular demodicosis, follow-up period, surgical outcome, and tear levels of IL-17 measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.Main Outcome Measures: Correlation between (Read more...)

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