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April 1994

Needle-Assisted Scleral Fixation Suture Technique for Relocating Posteriorly Dislocated Intraocular Lenses

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Detroit, Mich

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(4):448. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090160022007

Smiddy and Flynn,1 in their fine article in the February 1993 issue of the Archives, described their needle-assisted scleral fixation suture technique for relocating posteriorly dislocated intraocular lenses.1

Their technique represents another way to relocate and fixate posteriorly dislocated intraocular lenses. I would like to point out that the straight needle that has a hole in the bevel was first devised by C. William Simco, MD (Simco suture needle, EO 558-SN, Storz Instrument Co, St Louis, Mo) for iris suture fixation2,3 and that maneuvers described by Smiddy and Flynn,1 as well as by Murray and Abrams,4 can be performed using a short, 27-gauge needle with 10-0 propylene suture prethreaded through its lumen when the special needle with the hole in the bevel is not available.

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