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September 1955


Author Affiliations

Huntington, W. Va.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(3):432-433. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020438017

THE USE of an orbital compressor in ocular surgery is not new, for a review of ancient writings reveals that a type of orbital compressor or conformer was used to stop hemorrhages after loss of the eyeball or after the eyeball had been removed surgically. The present use of a conformer is not universal, but, in view of its many advantages, it is felt that possibly it should be more frequent. The instrument is a definite means of applying gentle pressure for hemostasis and control of postenucleation bleeding. It can be placed in hot sterile saline solution, and thus warmed, then placed as a tampon inside the postenucleation cavity of Tenon's capsule to control bleeding. The sac and the muscles may be made ready for sutures and the implant made ready to be placed therein. It has been found that the conformer reduces the time and amount of postenucleation bleeding.

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