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While it is more flattering to one's vanity to record successes, it is often quite as profitable to study failures and embarrassments, with a view to learning how to avoid or master them in the future. It will be the aim of this paper to consider briefly a few accidents occurring in eye operations.
Some years ago, as I was making a paracentesis on an Irishman's eye with a Graefe knife, the patient made a sudden violent movement on the entrance of the knife point into the anterior chamber. A serious accident in this case was avoided by depressing the handle of the knife quickly so that the point could not injure the lens, but a good lesson was learned—not to operate too soon after instilling cocain. A more serious accident occurred on attempting to do an iridectomy, without an assistant, on an intractable patient who moved her eye
HEATH FC. ACCIDENTS IN EYE OPERATIONS.. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(16):910-911. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450160029002h