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March 1948


Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;39(3):390. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900020397015

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To the Editor:  —A case of ointment in the anterior chamber following a penetrating wound of the cornea was reported by Donald K. Binder, M.D., in the December 1947 issue of the Archives, page 830. I have seen several instances of ointment globules after operation for cataract prior to the introduction of closure of the section with corneoscleral sutures. It was not deemed advisable to open the anterior chamber in order to remove a globule because the antiseptic salve always absorbed.A more unpleasant incident is brought to mind. Low grade inflammation was noted after a cataract extraction performed on my service in a large metropolitan hospital. Biomicroscopically, a glistening reflex was observed in an exudate near the superior limbus. Examination of the glass anterior chamber irrigators revealed one with a broken tip. After the wound was opened a small piece of glass was removed which exactly matched the defect

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