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November 1964

Removal of Corneoscleral Sutures: New Technique

Author Affiliations

Aligarh, UP, India
From The Aligarh Muslim University Institute of Ophthalmology and Gandhi Eye Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(5):645-646. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020645012

Various complications1-3 at the time of removal of corneoscleral sutures have been reported. In an effort to minimize the dangers certain workers3-5 have advocated special techniques.

In the present article a new technique of suture removal is described.

Methods and Materials  The eye is thoroughly cleansed with the help of some antiseptic or antibiotic lotion. Surface anesthesia is induced by two to three instillations of 1% tetracaine hydrochloride (Anethaine) drops at intervals of one to two minutes.The upper lid is pulled up against the superior orbital margin with the help of a cotton swab under the left thumb. The patient is told to look down to expose the upper limbus and the sutures (see Fig 1 and 2).An artery forceps with an inverted pin, held near the end of the blades, is held with the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand. The head

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