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January 1947

AN AID IN FACILITATING POSTOPERATIVE DRESSING OF THE EYE IN PATIENTS WITH AKINESIS OF LIDS

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;37(1):82-83. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00890220089008
Abstract

SEVERAL years ago I called attention to a simple method of maintaining postoperative closure of the eyelids after akinesis of the orbicularis oculi muscle had been employed, which consisted in sealing the lashes of the upper lid to the lower lid by means of a small droplet of collodion.1 The method has worked satisfactorily over a period of years and is used routinely in my practice in all cases in which akinesis of the lids has been used. The possibility of an accident such as the patient's opening the eyelids beneath the dressing, with possible contact with the cornea, is prevented. With the collodion seal, the lids are maintained in approximation during the period that akinesis is in effect. The advantage over suture of the lids is evident. No additional wound is created ; and the greater ease of use and the ease of removal, with absence of pain, will

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