This angulated, locked, fixation forceps weighted at the handle end is used to grasp the conjunctiva and episcleral tissue just outside the limbus for retraction of the bulb during a strabismus operation.
The need for such a self-retaining, bulbretracting forceps is apparent to ophthalmic surgeons who in the smaller communities, of necessity, must operate alone or with a nurse assistant. This forceps eliminates the use of a muscle hook or a Lester forceps by an assistant to retract the bulb in making the conjunctival incision.
The weighted handle is angulated at 11 mm. from the tip to 120 degrees (Fig. 1).
The jaws end in teeth which are strong and sharp. They are 1.0 mm. long, one on one side and two on the other, accurately fitting into each other when the instrument * is closed. The angulation is to clear the cornea with the weighted handle resting at the temple
SIEGEL R. A New Retraction Forceps. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(6):943. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090945011
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