The late implanting of a glass ball in the orbit is not a new operation; L. Webster Fox of Philadelphia, and many others in other cities, have succeeded well in this line, but the operation had not been done before in Washington, D. C., and there is a feature in this I do not find in others, namely, the fastening together of the cut ends of the recti muscles over the glass ball. My first case of the kind was this:
W. C., white, aged 50, English birth, a farm laborer, received traumatism to cornea, which became infected. Several cultures were made at different times from the discharge, but were negative in results. Complete destruction of cornea ensued from neglected condition, the patient attending the clinic at intervals of a week or ten days only.
In June, 1899, the atrophied globe was removed from left orbit by Dr. Burnett, no
PORTMAN AE. LATE IMPLANTING OF GLASS BALL IN ORBIT, AND EPITHELIAL LIP GRAFTS TRANSPLANTED TO ORBIT.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):978-979. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470410030001h