An adjustable double running suture technique for keratoplasty

T. E. Clinch, H. W. Thompson, B. P. Gardner, S. C. Kaufman, H. E. Kaufman

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In a retrospective analysis, we examined 30 consecutive cases of penetrating keratoplasty in which a double running 10-0/11-0 nylon suture technique was used and the 10-0 suture was adjusted early in the postoperative period to reduce astigmatism. When the response to suture adjustment was inadequate, the presence of the 11-0 suture allowed for early (ten to 18 weeks) removal of the 10-0 suture. Rapid visual recovery (12.3 ± 0.95 weeks; mean ± standard error) and low levels of final astigmatism (2.66 ± 0.24 diopters) were achieved. Visual acuity was 20/20 to 20/40 in 25 of the 28 patients (89%) who were visually rehabilitated. In these 28 patients, visual acuity remained stable for the remainder of the study. All patients had a minimum of six months' follow-up from the time of surgery; mean follow- up was 10.6 ± 1.70 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-206
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

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