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Article
August 1943

PORTABLE SLIT LAMP AND ITS CLINICAL VALUE

Author Affiliations

Medical Corps, Army of the United States

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(2):263-265. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880200111016
Abstract

The hand slit lamp is especially suitable for the bedside, the home or the clinic, where the large slit lamp may not be readily available. For the child or the restless adult patient the hand slit lamp proves indispensable. Even in the busy clinic, where time limits the examiner to selecting only a few patients for detailed slit lamp biomicroscopy with the large instrument, the hand slit lamp is helpful in conjunction with the hand ophthalmoscope in the detection and study of pathologic changes in the cornea, iris and lens. Its value, therefore, lies not necessarily in providing the basis of a conclusive diagnosis of more obscure lesions but in providing a flexible aid in the diagnosis of more superficial pathologic changes, as well as a means of rapid and satisfactory inspection of minute foreign bodies.

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