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November 1968

Evaluation of Adhesives for Corneal Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Cornea Research Institute of Biological and Medical Sciences, Retina Foundation, and the Cornea Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;80(5):645-656. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.00980050647013

Methyl, n-butyl, and n-heptyl 2-cyanoacrylates and silicone adhesive (Dow Corning, Type A) were tested in animal eyes. Corneal perforations were sealed with n-butyl and n-heptyl 2-cyanoacrylates where the adhesive remained in place long enough for the tissue to heal behind it. Synthetic membranes were glued with cyanoacrylate adhesives to the corneal stroma, serving as artificial epithelium and as artificial endothelium. Using silicone adhesive, silicone rubber membranes were attached to dried corneal stroma where bonding was moderately strong even after rehydration of the cornea.

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