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August 1967

Removal of Intraocular Copper Wire With a Simple Instrument

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Department of Ophthalmic Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1967;78(2):217-218. doi:10.1001/archopht.1967.00980030219017

A SIMPLE instrument made from a spinal needle and a small coil spring in less than an hour was used to remove a copper wire from the posterior vitreous under visualization with the indirect ophthalmoscope.1

Report of a Case  This 28-year-old white woman came to this Eye Clinic on Sept 15, 1966 with a copper wire in the vitreous of her right eye. This was the result of a penetrating scleral injury that occurred when she pushed a power lawn mower over a copper wire on Sept 10, 1966.On Sept 15, 1966 the right eye exhibited a clear cornea, a shallow hypopyon, a clear lens, and a dense vitreous hemorrhage. X-ray films revealed a metallic wire in the posterior vitreous of the right eye (Fig 1) and Sweet's localization placed it next to and in front of the central retina. Testing with the Berman locater and a magnet

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