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A Novel Method for Laser Suture Lysis Using Multispot Laser System

Kratz, Assaf MD; Goldberg, Ivan AM, MBBS, FRANZCO; Levy, Jaime MD; Knyazer, Boris MD; Lifshitz, Tova MD

doi: 10.1097/IJG.0000000000000570
Online Articles: Brief Reports

Although often uncomplicated, the current technique for laser suture lysis after filtration surgery requires patient cooperation and appropriate care taken by the surgeon. In cases with suboptimal cooperation, steadying the 50-µm laser aiming beam exactly over a thin 10-0 nylon suture, can be exhausting, difficult for both the patient and the surgeon; it may prove to be ineffective or even precipitate complications. We describe a novel method for laser suture lysis using a multispot laser system, which requires less patient cooperation and surgeon skills and yields excellent results.

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*Department of Ophthalmology, Soroka University Medical Center, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Glaucoma Unit, Sydney Eye Hospital

Discipline of Ophthalmology, Sydney University

§Eye Associates, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Assaf Kratz, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Soroka University Medical Center, P.O. Box 151, Beer-Sheva 84101, Israel (e-mail:

Received August 14, 2016

Accepted September 19, 2016

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