Subconjunctival bupivacaine in strabismus surgery

Abstract

A prospective study was performed to assess the effect of subconjunctival bupivacaine on pain relief following strabismus surgery. A total of 36 children were randomly allocated to receive either subconjunctival infiltration of bupivacaine or normal saline at the conclusion of surgery. Post-operative pain was evaluated using a 4-point assessment score. Subconjunctival bupivacaine provided significantly better post-operative pain relief (P<0.001). We suggest that it could be used routinely in strabismus surgery, as it improves post-operative comfort thereby facilitating day case surgery.

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