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April 1972

Cyanoacrylate Adhesive: Use in the Removal of Lens and Foreign Particles From the Vitreous Cavity

Author Affiliations

From the departments of retina research and cornea research, Retina Foundation, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;87(4):407-410. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000020409009

An instrument consisting of a fine glass tube connected to a microsyringe was devised to apply n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate adhesive within the vitreous cavity. Experiments to remove a subluxated lens were performed in vitro. Foreign particles were removed in vitro under direct observation and in vivo through an incision in the pars plana ciliaris under indirect ophthalmoscopy. The tip of the glass tube was placed adjacent to a luxated lens or a metal particle and 1μI of glue was injected. A tenacious adhesion between the lens or the metal particle and the tip of the tube was obtained; removal of the particle or lens was effected by lifting the glass tube out of the eye. The technique for using this instrument and possible applications are discussed briefly.

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