Morgan Lens Safe and Effective for Long-Term Use in Corneal Infections
Author: Dr. Roberto Bellucci, MD, Ospedale di Verona, Unita Operativa di Oculistica, Piazzale Stefani 1, 37126 Verona, Italy
Publication: Ocular Surgery News, February, 2002
A Morgan Lens, which is traditionally used for short, 1-to-2-day treatment of corneal alkali burns, can be used for longer periods of up to 15 days, according to physicians here. This article describes the treatment of a suspected pseudomonas Aeruginosa infection in a 17 year old male. Systemic and local treatments were not effective, so a Morgan Lens was used to continuously deliver antibiotics (Amikacin, ceftriaxone, and piperacilline in saline) to the eye. The eye was stable the following day and was pain-free after the second day. Treatment was continued for a total of 11 days, and recovery was complete with no drawbacks noted from the prolonged use of the Morgan Lens.
Five additional patients were seen in the following year, all soft contact lens wearers with similar infections. All were treated with the Morgan Lens, with “excellent results” in all cases and no adverse effects seen. Dr. Rosa concludes with the statement “The Morgan Lens has now entered in our standard protocols of treatment for corneal infection. I believe those eyes would have been lost without continuous irrigation with antibiotics. Moreover, the amount of parenterally injected antibiotics could be greatly reduced, with consequent benefits for the general state of health of our patients.”