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April 1965

Extruded Collagen Sutures in Cataract Surgery

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC
From the McPherson Hospital, Durham, and the Division of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(4):463-465. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030465003

The search for an ideal suture material for the closure of cataract wounds has persisted since sutures were first used in this operation. Originally, all sutures used in cataract surgery were of nonabsorbable material such as silk or cotton. However in 1941, following the standardization of catgut, Hughes first proposed the use of absorbable sutures for the closure of cataract wounds.1,2 At first this received limited acceptance, but there has been an increase in the use of absorbable sutures in recent years.3-5 This has been due to the improvement in quality of needles and diminution in the caliber of suture materials. Many ophthalmologists still object to the use of catgut sutures because they feel that unpredictable wound healing may occur, and that catgut sutures excite more tissue reaction than may occur with silk or other nonabsorbable materials.

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