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August 1940


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Duluth, Minn.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1940;24(2):371-372. doi:10.1001/archopht.1940.00870020163018

Apropos of a recent article1 on operations for cataract in which sclerocorneal sutures were used, I have been asked when and how to remove the sutures.

Removal of such sutures is not without danger. Should the patient suddenly roll the eyes upward while an uncut suture is being held in the grasp of a pair of forceps, both pain and damage might result.

The following procedure for removal of these sutures has been developed : They are left in place ordinarily about a week. If they seem to cause irritation, they may be removed as early as the fifth day. If there is no irritation, they may remain as long as eight or nine days. The sutures are removed in the operating room in good light under reasonably aseptic precautions, with the patient lying on a wheeled stretcher. It is not necessary for him to be on the operating table.

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