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August 1968

A Practical Lid Retraction Suture

Author Affiliations

Jersey City, NJ
From the Division of Ophthalmology, New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, Jersey City, NJ.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;80(2):223-224. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.00980050225015

A NEW TYPE of lid retraction suture for ocular surgery has been used as follows: one needle of a double-armed 4-0 silk suture is passed along the conjunctival surface of the lid to pierce the entire thickness of the lid, to appear 1 mm above the level of the upper margin of the tarsal plate, and emerging through the skin at the junction of the inner and middle thirds of the length of the lid (Fig 1). The second needle is carried out in the same manner at the junction of the middle and outer thirds of the lid, leaving the loop of the suture partly embracing the conjunctival surface of the middle third of the lid (Fig 1). The loop is carried across the lid margin, pulled to the desired level, and attached together with the previously passed sutures down to the towels with a hemostat (Fig 2). If

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