The removal of lead shot from the vitreous has always presented a difficult problem for the ophthalmologist. The use of roentgen rays has facilitated the localization of the opaque foreign body.
A forceps is described in this paper with which it is possible to remove a lead shot from the vitreous with a minimum of manipulation. This miniature forceps consists of a tubular shaft with a free-moving center rod. These are attached at one end to two ring-shaped blades, which act as the blades of the forceps. The blades surround the lead ball and hold it by means of spring action, which is applied at the manipulating end of the forceps. This manipulating end consists of two handles, pressure on which opens the blades of the forceps. The diameter of the tubular shaft is 1 mm. The forceps may be inserted into the eye through a 5 mm. linear incision
Thorpe HE. A NEW FORCEPS FOR REMOVAL OF LEAD SHOT FROM THE VITREOUS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;15(2):308. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840140158010
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