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November 1959


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AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;62(5):917. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.04220050177027

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To the Editor:  —After reading Dr. J. Kessler's letter in the May issue of the A.M.A. Archives of Ophthalmology, I decided to follow his suggestion for removing superficial corneal plastic foreign bodies with a moistened cotton swab.Much to my amazement, he is absolutely correct—they can be removed in this manner. My statement that "they will not dislodge with a cotton swab" is not valid.However, I still prefer and recommend the method described in the original article. When one fills the entire field of the biomicroscope with a cotton swab to remove one or more minuscule foreign bodies, the technique is no quicker, no more effective and by its very grossness is repulsive. It is somewhat akin to a virtuoso performing a pizzicato with mittens or a ballerina executing a pirouette in galoshes—possible, but practically and aesthetically unattractive.

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