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December 1985

Glove-Wrapper 'Contact Lens' for Light Reduction During Cataract Surgery

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Dayton, Ohio

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(12):1782. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050120012003

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To the Editor.  —For the past year, I have been cutting a piece of paper approximately 9 mm in diameter from the glove-wrapper paper that encloses the gloves used during cataract surgery. This piece of paper is soaked in balanced salt solution and placed over the cornea at the very beginning of the operation (Figure). It is left in place for the steps that do not require visualization through the pupil. When such visualization is required, the paper is set aside. Throughout the course of the operation, it will be replaced several times. Each time it is placed back on the cornea, it is soaked in balanced salt solution. This is much more convenient than the use of a wet sponge, because it is much thinner and adheres to the cornea in a much more convenient fashion.

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