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THIS instrument is a rustless-steel thumb forceps curved about 90 degrees, as shown in the accompanying three-quarterscale illustration. The forceps is available with either spring or sliding catch, which makes it self-retaining. The serrated, interdigitating jaw margins face on the convex curve at its distal end. The jaws are 4 mm. in length.
This forceps was made to my specifications about seven years ago and has been found useful for rotating the globe in strabismus and cataract surgery. It may be applied easily because the jaw margins are located on the outer side of the curve. Bulbar conjunctiva alone, or a rectus muscle in addition, may be grasped. An advantage gained is that there is less twisting of and trauma to tissue held by the jaws while the eye is in the rotated position.
This forceps may be obtained from the Storz Instrument Company.
NISBET AA. FIXATION FORCEPS. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;53(5):720. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930010728018