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October 1975

Clinical Experience With a Mobile Ocular Perfusion Pump

Author Affiliations

From the Cornea Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Department of Cornea Research, Retina Foundation, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(10):1039-1043. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020815015

• The continuous delivery of fluids to the ocular surfaces of 12 patients, for a collective total of 1,500 days, was achieved by means of a mobile perfusion pump. One patient used this device intermittently for a total of 2½ years. Severe dry-eye symptoms were ameliorated in each patient by the constant perfusion. In various situations, the following perfusion fluids have been tried: commercial balanced salt solution, commercial artificial tear solutions, acetylcysteine, and autologous and homologous serum and plasma. In spite of disadvantages related to its size and weight, the pump seems to be of considerable value, especially following severe chemical burns and after keratoplasty or reconstruction of the lids and fornices in the severely dry eye.

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