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January 1950


Arch Ophthalmol. 1950;43(1):92-95. doi:10.1001/archopht.1950.00910010097007

TYPES present day instruments commonly used for the removal of foreign bodies from the cornea have been illustrated by May.1 They are the foreign body spud, the foreign body gouge and the foreign body needle. All these instruments have end pieces which are straight projections from the handle. Other instruments for this purpose have been recommended in the literature.

DESCRIPTION OF NEW FOREIGN BODY INSTRUMENTS  Two foreign body instruments which I have devised are presented: one relatively fine and sharp, the other somewhat blunt and dull (fig. 1). These instruments are a departure in principle from the present day accepted standards. They have proved their merit in my hands with over a decade of regular use. Manipulations of the spud and other similarly near-straight instruments are dependent on a wrist action, with slight finger movements. A pure wrist action might possibly be the method of most operators. In using

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