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February 1939


Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;21(2):359. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860020163012

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An anterior chamber irrigator should be simple in design and easy to clean and to manipulate. Its supply of solution should be visible at all times, and it should have a volume of not less than 10 cc. It should be made of nonsoluble, boilable material, free from any tendency to cast off particles, such as rubber. The tip should be easily and securely fixed in place. The instrument pictured approaches these qualifications.

It is used with one-half strength physiologic solution of sodium chloride or the more complicated Ringer's solution. The solution must be carefully prepared, filtered three times and fractionally sterilized. Two of these instruments are prepared as a precaution against refilling during the operation.

Besides its use for irrigating the anterior chamber, this instrument may be used as a further precaution against infection to wash the limbus or area of puncture before corneal section in cataract extraction, needling

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