An increasing tendency on the part of surgeons to use some sort of suture of the edges of the incision as part of the routine technic in operations for cataract suggests that a review of the subject is opportune. Many of the most experienced operators in America do not favor the use of sutures, and in many of the large hospitals one does not see them used. The same is true in a least one of the largest European ophthalmic hospitals, namely, Moorfields. On the other hand, many American operators do employ them, and at least two distinguished foreign surgeons of wide experience who have recently visited America, Elschnig and Barraquer, employ them habitually. So it would seem that the method must possess some merit, and ophthalmologists should be acquainted with it.
While various forms of sutures and many ways of using them have been suggested, it is practicable
ELLETT EC. USE OF THE SUTURE IN EXTRACTION OF CATARACT. Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;17(3):523–529. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850030137014
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