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August 1949

A SIMPLE METHOD FOR TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE LIDS

Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;42(2):188. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900050193010
Abstract

IN CASES in which it is desirable to close the lids for a few days to a few weeks, or occasionally as a preliminary to lid suturing, I have found ``glueing'' the lids together a useful procedure.

The cases in which I have employed this method have chiefly been those in which there were facial paralysis and corneal anesthesia, so that exposure keratitis was thought to be an imminent possibility. Among such cases were instances of facial paralysis following intracranial operation or trigeminal resection (for tic douloureux), in which it was thought that the facial paralysis was not to be permanent, or instances of facial paralysis and corneal anesthesia resulting from spontaneous but transient intracranial lesions (aneurysms). When the paralysis persisted more than a few weeks, the lids were subsequently sutured. I have also used the procedure in cases of coma in which there was an exposure keratitis from incomplete

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