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May 1968

Double-Barrel Anterior Chamber Irrigating Needle

Author Affiliations

Jersey City, NJ
From Division of Ophthalmology, New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, Jersey City.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(5):580-581. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040582016

IRRIGATION of the anterior chamber in cases of total or persistent hyphema and the aspiration of the lens matter in congenital cataract are quite common procedures, especially the latter which has been popularized greatly in recent years. Normally, a limbal incision is made with a razor blade or a thin keratome to allow the introduction of a wide-bore (18 gauge) needle into the anterior chamber, and alternate aspiration of matter from the anterior chamber and injection of irrigating solution is performed by a pair of syringes which are interchanged in each movement, a fairly cumbersome maneuver. However, Fuchs' two-way syringe,1 later modified by Fink and Weinstein,2 simplified the procedure greatly by providing a continuous aspiration-irrigation in one continuous motion. The disadvantage of Fuchs' syringe is its being small, thus making it necessary to empty it frequently. Regarding Fink and Weinstein's syringe, it is necessary that the assistant inject