Suturing a tear of the anterior capsulorhexis

Kleinmann, G.; Chew, J.; Apple, D. J.; Assia, E. I.; Mamalis, N.
April 2006
British Journal of Ophthalmology;Apr2006, Vol. 90 Issue 4, p423
Academic Journal
Aim: To describe a new technique of suturing a tear in the anterior capsulorhexis. Methods: Continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis (CCC) with lens removal was done in five fresh cadaver eyes. The diameter of the CCC was measured with a calliper. Using the same calliper a tear of the CCC was created while opening the calliper's arms. The distance between the calliper's arms needed to tear the CCC was documented. Using 9-0 Ethilon 9011, CS 160-6 sutures in two eyes, 9-0 Prolene, D-8229, CTC-6L sutures in two eyes, and 10-0 Prolene, 9090, CTC-6 suture in one eye, the tears were sutured. A tear in the CCC was created again in the same way as the first tear. The distance between the calliper's arms needed to tear the CCC was documented again. Results: Suturing of the tear restored some of the strength! elasticity of the CCC. Better results were found while using the 9-0 Prolene, D-8229, CTC-6L sutures than with the two others sutures. Conclusions: Suturing of a broken CCC can restore at least some of the strength/elasticity of the CCC. This can be important before intraocular lens (IOL) implantation for the safety of the implantation or after the implantation to ensure proper fixation of the IOL.


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