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August 1974

Experimental Corneal Wound Strength: 7-0 Silk vs 10-0 Monofilament Nylon

Author Affiliations

Gainesville, Fla
From the Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;92(2):155-156. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.01010010161017

The tensile strength of central linear penetrating corneal wounds closed with either 10-0 monofilament nylon or 7-0 black silk was measured in rabbits. The determinations were made on both vascularized and nonvascularized corneas 21 days after wounding. The tensile strengths for wounds closed with either suture were comparable in all groups. Clinically the eyes in which the monofilament nylon was used were less irritated. The study indicates that corneal wound strength is not reduced by utilizing 10-0 monofilament nylon in either vascularized or nonvascularized rabbit corneas.