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March 1955

Use of Fine Alloy Steel Wire Sutures in Ophthalmic Surgery: Experimental and Clinical Observations

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn.
From the Section of Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;53(3):404-406. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930010406013

Following the introduction by Babcock1 of fine alloy steel wire as suture material in general surgery in 1934, there has been increasing acclaim of its many advantages.2 It was found by carefully controlled studies that wire sutures produced the least amount of tissue reaction and promoted the most rapid healing of wounds. This effect was noted on or adjacent to mucous surfaces, in plastic operations about the mouth, in the closure of cleft palate, and in numerous other conditions. It was but natural that this suture material should be indicated in ophthalmic procedures, especially since poor wound healing has been considered one of the major causes of postcataract complications. If longer and better approximation of the wound edges were attainable by the use of fine alloy steel wire,* it would seem rewarding enough to test the feasibility of employment of the material in a few ophthalmic procedures.


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