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New Instrument
January 2001

Guided Knives

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(1):109-111. doi:10-1001/pubs.Ophthalmol.-ISSN-0003-9950-119-1-eni00013

A new type of knife that enables a surgeon to easily create tunnel-shaped incisions with a prescribed depth has been developed. The knife features an incision guide, the arm of which extends just beyond the tip of the blade. The space between the blade and the arm can be set at the desired width. By moving the knife as if sliding the arm across the corneal or scleral surface, the blade can move to a certain depth from the surface. The guided knife enables even novice surgeons to easily make a self-sealing incision during cataract surgery. In addition, the innovative nature of this device seems to be applicable to many other surgeries that require a partial-thickness incision.