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November 1976

Silicone-Loop Repair of the Torn Canaliculus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh. Dr Adams is now a Research Fellow at Stanford (Calif) University Medical Center.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(11):1958-1960. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040664014

• Internal splinting with silicone tubing is now a well-established principle of lacrimal canaliculus repair, but fixation of the tubing ends is often unsatisfactory. The use of an internal suture allows this tubing to be converted into a small, continuous loop that is inconspicuous, cannot be inadvertently pulled out, and can remain in position indefinitely.

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