The breakdown of polypropylene in the human eye: is it clinically significant?

Daniel Albert // Publications // May 01 1986

PubMed ID: 3717841

Author(s): Altman AJ, Gorn RA, Craft J, Albert DM. The breakdown of polypropylene in the human eye: is it clinically significant? Ann Ophthalmol. 1986 May;18(5):182-5. PMID 3717841

Journal: Annals Of Ophthalmology, Volume 18, Issue 5, May 1986

Polypropylene intracameral sutures and intraocular lens haptics have been reported to develop cracks after varying lengths of time within the eye. A study of the degradation of a 10-0 polypropylene suture and the absence of noticeable degradation on a 4-0 polypropylene intraocular lens haptic removed five years and three months after implantation is presented. The relationship of the molecular orientation of the polypropylene suture to the clinical significance of its cracks is discussed.