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IN HANDLING ophthalmic instruments certain rules should be followed.
Each point must be constantly protected, even tips of the Arruga capsule forceps must be protected, as irregularity of surface will change the character of their action in grasping capsules. A roughened instrument should not be introduced into the anterior chamber. An iris forceps can become unreliable by one knock on its grasping blade.
There should be no jumbling of instruments and no disorder. Instrument points should lie in one direction and be free, unthreatened by other instruments, cotton, cloth, bottles, or syringes.
Instruments should be handled or placed, never thrown or dropped before or after use.
There must be good visibility of points to give speed and ease of recognition of the instrument desired.
Instruments should have a slightly elevated solid rest, so that they may be easy to pick up at the proper place on the handle.
RAMBO VC. SIMPLE SUGGESTION FOR BETTER OPHTHALMIC INSTRUMENT TRAYS AND TABLES. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(4):510-511. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030518013