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February 1934


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From the Research Department of the Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1934;11(2):268-278. doi:10.1001/archopht.1934.00830090054007

Dissatisfaction with the present methods of making hot applications in the treatment of diseases of the eye was responsible for investigations which have led to the development of the eye pad to be described. Inquiry among ophthalmologists in different parts of the country has shown that with minor modifications the present method of making hot applications is to provide the patient with a bowl of very hot water. The cotton pledgets are dipped into the water and are applied to the affected parts with tongue depressors, forceps or similar instruments. In some instances additional hot water is added as the original supply cools. In one instance the water was kept hot on a small electric stove. Electric heating pads had been used at one institution, but were later discarded because the patients had on a number of occasions received "electrical shocks" from the pad.

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