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August 1939


Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;22(2):289-290. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860080133013

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Although intracapsular cataract extraction is gaining more and more in popularity, there will always remain a great percentage of cataracts for which this type of operation is not suited. I do not intend to list them, as there are many and all are known to the ophthalmologist.

With such cataracts, especially the traumatic type, it is important to remove as much of the cortical lens masses as possible, as well as remnants of the capsule, to avoid future complications. There are a number of anterior chamber irrigators devised for this purpose; none, however, are free from certain defects, nor is their use entirely devoid of danger. I have therefore constructed a model of a new anterior chamber irrigator which has a number of advantages over the old irrigators and none of the potentially dangerous defects.

My irrigator consists of two freely detachable parts, as seen in A of the accompanying

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