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March 1978

The Effect of Suture Depth on Outflow Facility in Penetrating Keratoplasty

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(3):505-506. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050273018

• Outflow facility was measured in human eye bank eyes following penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) and cataract extraction. After measuring baseline outflow facility, a PKP and lens extraction was performed with the corneal button replaced by both interrupted "through-and-through" sutures and a conventional mid-to-deep stromal running suture. Outflow facility was unchanged from baseline with both sutures. However, following removal of through-and-through sutures outflow facility decreased 37%. This same suturing procedure was repeated in a second group of phakic eyes in which suture depth did not influence outflow facility.