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April 1945


Arch Ophthalmol. 1945;33(4):317. doi:10.1001/archopht.1945.00890160071011

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To the Editor:  —Since the publication of an article by D. F. Gillette entitled "A New Aid in Removal of Foreign Bodies of the Cornea" (Arch. Ophth.31: 129-130 [Feb.] 1944), my associates and I have been applying a 1 per cent solution of silver nitrate to the site of a foreign body. We agree with the author that the procedure facilitates the removal of metallic foreign bodies embedded in the epithelium.In 2 of approximately 100 patients so treated a dense, grayish white precipitate has developed in or below Bowman's membrane about the site of the foreign body on application of the silver. In the first patient the area was not in the visual axis. Treatment was conservative, and the lesion epithelized satisfactorily. During the six months in which the precipitate has been under observation it has faded slightly, but is still conspicuous. Since we had used no other

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