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After being confronted repeatedly with the difficult task of removing particles of emery from the cornea, or of rust after a metallic foreign body had been removed from the eye, I became interested in finding a method for the removal of these particles that would be less traumatic to the delicate structures involved and at the same time would be less time consuming for the oculist.
After giving fair and reasonable trial to the many forms of instruments for the removal of such foreign bodies offered by the various instrument houses today, it was decided that the bur used by the dentist was the most satisfactory tool for the purpose. However, such a bur is usually permanently attached in a handle, or a universal handle is provided in which various-sized burs can be introduced. In either case the handle is sufficiently large in diameter that an insufficient amount of
Witzeman LA. A NEW ELECTRIC CORNEAL DRILL. Arch Ophthalmol. 1936;16(5):857–858. doi:10.1001/archopht.1936.00840230137011
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