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September 1956

A New Magnetic Orbital Implant

Author Affiliations

Los Angels

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;56(3):352-360. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930040360004

In this paper is presented a new magnetic orbital implant for use after enucleation which is expected to be a great improvement over all previous types. The implant contains a magnet, the active poles of which end directly under Tenon's capsule and conjunctiva. In this implant the magnet is placed so that it can exert considerable attractive force on the magnet in the prosthesis.

Since World War II many new implants have been developed, and the impetus for this must go to Cutler,* who designed the ingenious basket implant. In July, 1949,3 was presented the first good orbital implant by one of us (O. H. E.) (Fig. 1). Allen published a report of a similar implant in May, 1950.4

The indications for enucleation and/or evisceration will not be discussed nor will the surgical anatomy, except as special technical procedures are involved.

Ophthalmologists have almost ceased using incompletely or

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