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September 1952


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;48(3):348. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.00920010356012

THE SPECIAL forceps1 described here has been found to be especially valuable in cataract extraction, in corneal transplantations, and in grasping fine needles for muscle operations and for plastic surgery of the eyelids.

The suturing forceps is fairly delicate but provides a firm grip because of two fine teeth on each blade (Figure).

The rough serrations (A) aid in grasping sutures and needles, particularly special2 blue nylon sutures with a ⅜-circle, cutting-point atraumatic® needle used in plastic surgery of the eyelids and in muscle surgery. When the medial and lateral rectus muscles are operated upon, white nylon sutures are employed.

The two fine teeth on each blade (B) are most useful in corneal suturing and for scleral fixation in cataract extractions. The teeth are directed at an angle of approximately 160 degrees to the blades, facilitating grasping of the lips of the corneal and scleral wounds. The

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