Epidermal growth factor and corneal wound healing. A multicenter study

Cornea. 1992 Jul;11(4):311-4. doi: 10.1097/00003226-199207000-00007.


A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial was conducted in five centers to assess safety, ocular tolerance, and efficacy of an ophthalmic solution of epidermal growth factor (EGF) for the treatment of traumatic corneal epithelial defects. One hundred four patients completed the study: 47 received EGF and 57 placebo (the drug vehicle). Mean epithelial healing time was significantly enhanced in the EGF-treated group (44.17 h) compared with the placebo-treated treated group (61.05 h) (p < 0.01). The number of epithelial defects completely healed at 24, 48, and 72 h after the onset of treatment was significantly greater in the EGF-treated group. Local tolerance was adequate in both groups. These results indicated that topical EGF is well tolerated and may be a significant addition to the ophthalmologist's armamentarium for treating corneal epithelial defects.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cornea / physiopathology
  • Corneal Injuries*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Epidermal Growth Factor / adverse effects
  • Epidermal Growth Factor / therapeutic use*
  • Epithelium / injuries
  • Eye Injuries / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ophthalmic Solutions
  • Placebos
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*


  • Ophthalmic Solutions
  • Placebos
  • Epidermal Growth Factor