Surgical practice kit. Ophthalmic suture simulator

E. M. Helveston, A. C. Coffey

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A practice surgery device used for training novice ophthalmic surgeons employs an inflatable bladder that supports a human bank scleral shell. The sclera is used for placement of sutures. A light source and universal joint to support a syringe are mounted on a 25 x 15-cm base. Glycerin-preserved sclera is available from many eye banks. Up to 100 practice sutures may be placed in each scleral shell. This device allows the beginning surgeon the opportunity to obtain a feel for needle passage through tissue. Technique for the use of loupe or microscope magnification can also be developed. In addition, a deflation of the scleral 'globe' occurs when a needle is placed too deeply. This emphasizes the need of superficial suture placement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)923-924
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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