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Tegaderm vs. Eyegard for Eye Protection

Title A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tegaderm vs. Eyegard for Eye Protection During Anesthesia
Therapeutic Area Anesthesia
Principal Investigator Dr. Dan Drzymalski
Min Age 18 Years
Gender Any
Contact Dr. Dan Drzymalski


Protective eye tape is used during anesthesia in order to prevent corneal abrasion and other eye injuries. However, there is no single accepted practice to protect the eyes during anesthesia, and a variety of different tapes and techniques have been adopted in different institutions. In this study we will compare two tapes, Tegaderm and Eyegard to determine if one is less likely to causes eyelid irritation in an effort to improve care for future patients. 

Study Details

Inclusion Criteria

  • Age 18+
  • Surgeries scheduled for anesthesia of any duration
  • Surgery on site at Tufts Medical Center

Exclusion Criteria

  • Pre-existing eyelid erythema trauma, or eyelid piercings
  • Surgery on head, neck, brain, teeth, mouth, eyes, face, or cardiac surgery

Study Requirements

Participation will last two days with total research visits. On day 1, study subjects will enroll in the study and undergo anesthesia with application of Tegaderm and Eyegard® on the eyelids. Once surgery is complete the Tegaderm and Eyegard® will be removed and photograph will be taken. This will conclude participation in the study on day 1. On day 2, study subjects will be approached by the co-investigator, Katelyn Ward, and will be given a patient satisfaction survey. Completion of the survey will conclude study subject participation in the study. We plan to recruit 159 study subjects.