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October 2, 1967

How to Patch an Eye

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JAMA. 1967;202(1):72. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130140130036

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To the Editor:—  Every ophthalmologist must have enjoyed reading the answer by Dr. Kaufman to the question about recurrent corneal erosion (200:1189, 1967). The most common error in patching an eye consists of using too little bandage, but too much is also not rare. The proper bandage should fill the space between the upper and lower orbital rim without undue pressure on the eyeball and without permitting the lids to open under the dressing. The latter error can be called "the inefficient curtain" and will not achieve the effect described in Dr. Kaufman's article; the other mistake, exaggerated volume of cotton and gauze, will provoke discomfort, corneal folds, and undue loss of intraocular fluid. It is best to fill the space mentioned above with gauze and cotton, then put your palm over the padding to feel whether it is level with the orbital rims. Apply tape obliquely from the