Similar epithelial healing rates of the corneas of diabetic and nondiabetic patients

Am J Ophthalmol. 1980 Oct;90(4):463-8. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)75012-3.


We developed a reliable method for measuring corneal regeneration in humans with noninvasive, readily available photographic techniques. We then used this method prospectively to compare the rates of primary corneal regeneration after surgery in a series of 27 diabetic and nondiabetic patients. The rates of corneal epithelial regeneration were not significantly different when diabetic patients were compared with nondiabetic patients. A tendency toward recurrent epithelial defects was confirmed in the diabetic patients, however.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cornea / physiopathology*
  • Cornea / surgery
  • Corneal Transplantation
  • Diabetes Mellitus / physiopathology*
  • Epithelium / physiopathology
  • Epithelium / surgery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Period
  • Prospective Studies
  • Scleral Buckling / rehabilitation
  • Time Factors
  • Transplantation, Homologous
  • Vitreous Body / surgery
  • Wound Healing*