Original StudySILICONE OIL BARRIER SUTURES IN APHAKIC EYES WITH IRIS DEFECTSYüksel, Kemal MD; Pekel, Gökhan MD; Alagöz, Neşe MD; Alagöz, Cengiz MD; Baz, ÖkkeŞ MD; Yazc, Ahmet Taylan MDAuthor Information *Beyoglu Eye Training and Research Hospital, Eye Clinic, Istanbul, Turkey; and †Department of Ophthalmology, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey. Reprint requests: Gökhan Pekel, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Pamukkale University Medical School, Kınıklı, 20070 Denizli, Turkey; e-mail: [email protected] None of the authors have any financial/conflicting interests to disclose. Retina: June 2016 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 1222-1226 doi: 10.1097/IAE.0000000000000856 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of silicone oil barrier sutures in aphakic eyes with iris defects. Methods: Sixteen aphakic and iris-defective eyes of 16 patients who underwent a pars plana vitrectomy procedure with silicone oil tamponade because of retinal detachment were included in this retrospective study. Silicone oil barrier sutures were placed as a grid pattern within the plane of the previous iris after vitrectomy and before silicone oil injection. Results: The mean follow-up time after silicone oil barrier suture operations was 12.0 ± 6.8 months. Silicone oil was present in the anterior chamber in five eyes (31%) at the last visit. These eyes also had hypotony, band keratopathy, and anterior proliferative vitreoretinopathy. Conclusion: In this study, silicone oil barrier sutures were proven to be safe and effective in preventing silicone oil–corneal endothelium touch in aphakic eyes with iris defects, unless hypotony was present because of anterior proliferative vitreoretinopathy. Silicone oil barrier sutures were safe and effective in preventing silicone oil entry into the anterior chamber in aphakic eyes with iris defects, unless hypotony was present because of anterior proliferative vitreoretinopathy. No complications due to barrier sutures were seen. Applying silicone barriers is a relatively cheap and easy procedure. © 2016 by Ophthalmic Communications Society, Inc.