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June 1948


Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;39(6):818-819. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900020828007

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To the Editor:  —I still feel justified in using my blue-tipped glass irrigator, in spite of the fact that an accident has been reported in which a tip of the irrigator broke and remained in the anterior chamber.I wish first to explain the function of my irrigator as it is designed. The blue tip certainly needs no explanation. The bulbous part of the irrigator serves two purposes. First, it prevents too forcible irrigation of the anterior chamber, for no matter how hard the rubber bulb is pressed there is a steady stream of fluid under uniform pressure. Second, the enlargement serves to prevent the introduction of minute particles of rubber into the eye which often come from the inside of the rubber bulb. These particles always present themselves in the small bowl before they can be introduced into the eye. I have seen 3 cases of particles of rubber

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