The object of this paper is to report a series of eight cases, occurring in my service at the Massachusetts Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary, in which a long, slender-pointed bit of steel was driven through the cornea and lens and was removed without making an incision in the sciera. The undesirability of such an incision is manifest to everyone, as injury to the choroid and retina is unavoidable.
In all these cases; by the use of the Haab magnet, the foreign body was compelled approximately to retrace the track by which it entered the eye. It is true that if the bit of steel does not become impacted in the fundus of the eye, it will fall to the bottom of the vitreous chamber, so that in retracing its course to the pupil it may encounter the lens at a different point from that through which it entered. In
STANDISH M. THE REMOVAL OF BITS OF STEEL FROM THE INTERIOR OF THE EYE, BY THE HAAB MAGNET, WITHOUT INCISION IN THE SCLERA.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):469–474. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480350007001b
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