Postoperative astigmatism using the McIntyre needle

Ophthalmic Surg. 1987 Sep;18(9):654-7.


We performed 30 consecutive cataract extractions using two different needle types to assess postoperative astigmatism. In each case, we used a standard corneal incision followed by an extracapsular cataract extraction and the insertion of a posterior chamber intraocular lens. The incisions in group A were closed with the McIntyre needle and in group B with a standard curve needle. We compared the postoperative astigmatism in each group with sutures in at 3 weeks, and when removed selectively by 12 weeks, and found no significant difference.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Astigmatism / prevention & control*
  • Cataract Extraction*
  • Humans
  • Needles*
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*