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August 1945

PLASTIC SURGICAL REPAIR ABOUT THE EYES WITH FREE GRAFTS

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES
From the Eye Section, Lovell General Hospital, Fort Devens, Mass.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1945;34(2):103-106. doi:10.1001/archopht.1945.00890190103004
Abstract

The surgical correction of scarred deformities about the eyes as the result of previous injuries assumes increasing importance to the military ophthalmologist as the war progresses. In their repair, special attention must constantly be given to the functional result of the eye, as well as to its cosmetic appearance. Because of his special knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of the eye and its adnexa, plastic surgical procedures about the eye are preferably performed by the properly trained ophthalmic surgeon.

In many instances, free grafts of skin or mucosa are most effective in accomplishing the desired result. This report cites 3 cases to illustrate the cosmetic and functional improvement about the eyes that can be obtained with use of various types of free grafts. It also serves to review and emphasize the important basic principle of these procedures as advocated by Wheeler and Hughes in the application of this form

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