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Article
July 1971

Further Experience With Sutureless Scleral Buckling MaterialsI. Hydrogels

Author Affiliations

Boston
From the departments of retina research and cornea research, Retina Foundation, and Retina Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Dr. Calabria is now with the Clinica Oculistica, Universita de Genova, Italy.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(1):77-81. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010079015
Abstract

Hydrophilic polymer networks (hydrogels) are potentially useful scleral buckling materials for retinal detachment surgery. The swelling characteristics of three hydrogels in free solution and within a confined tissue space in vivo are described. The compressibility (compliance) of PGMA [poly (glyceryl methacrylate)] 12:1, PGMA 5:1, and PHEMA [poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)] at various levels of hydration and the clinical effects and biologic tolerance of scleral bucklings obtained with hydrogels were studied.

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