Vol. 44 No. 1 ORIGINAL ARTICLE PDF

A Comparison Between the Efficacy of Human Corneal Lenticule with Single Blood Donor Fibrin Glue Versus Sutures for Sealing Induced Corneal Penetrating Wounds in Porcine Eyes

Jimmy Jarvis Gene C. Lo, MD, Raymond Nelson C. Regalado, MD, Ruben Lim Bon Siong, MD

Disclosure: The authors report no conflict of interest.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the efficacy of human corneal lenticule from small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) with single blood donor fibrin glue as corneal patch for sealing induced corneal penetrating wounds in cadaveric porcine eyes compared to suturing using 2 simple interrupted nylon 10-0 sutures.

Methodology: This is an in vitro comparative experimental study using cadaveric porcine eyes. Twenty (20) porcine eyes were randomized into control and treatment groups. A 3-mm metal keratome was used to create a fullthickness incision with the keratome angled perpendicular to the central cornea. Seidel’s test was done to confirm leakage. An anterior chamber maintainer connected to the Centurion® Vision System (Alcon, USA) was inserted into a peripheral corneal incision with the infusion turned off. Induced corneal penetrating wounds were sealed by application of single blood donor fibrin glue and human corneal lenticule obtained from SMILE in the treatment group. In the control group, 2 simple interrupted nylon 10-0 sutures were used for wound closure. Intraocular pressure (IOP) was set at 30 mmHg using the Centurion® Vision System and IOP was increased by increments of 5 mmHg until leakage is documented.

Results: All porcine eyes in the control group showed no leakage immediately after sealing. One out of 10 eyes in the experimental group showed positive Seidel’s test after application of lenticule patch graft (odds ratio = 1.11 [0.904-1.336]). The mean leakage pressure for the suture group was significantly higher at 87.00 ± 4.83 mmHg compared to the lenticule group at 30.00 + 0.00 mmHg (p-value <0.001).

Conclusion: Human corneal lenticule from SMILE with single blood donor fibrin glue as cornel patch is less effective in sealing induced corneal penetrating wounds in cadaveric porcine eyes at IOP equal to or greater than 30 mmHg as compared to suturing using 2 simple interrupted nylon 10-0 sutures.

Keywords: Corneal laceration, corneal lenticule, fibrin glue, corneal patch graft, ocular trauma