Introduction Exposure keratopathy is a frequently found entity in critical patients that have, among other risk factors, lagophthalmos. Prevention can be achieved by applying low cost measures. Purpose To know the prevalence of exposure keratopathy in critically ill patients. Material and methods Transversal prevalence study that included 290 patients in critical state at High Specialty Medical Unit of Western National Medical Center. The prevalence of exposure keratopathy was analized, as well as the patients’ characteristics and risk factors. Results Prevalence of exposure keratopathy in the Intensive Care Unit was 12.5%, in Intensive Coronary Care Unit was 0.8% and Burn Unit 2%. Conclusions By applying prophylactic protocols to prevent exposure keratopathy we can achieve early detection and prevent its progress.
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