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January 1989

Use of Ophthalmic Ointment to Separate Adhesive

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Southampton, England

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(1):15. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070010017004

To the Editor.  —In response to your recent correspondence on container confusion between eye drops and other substances1,2 and your case report on treatment for inadvertent cyanoacrylate tarsorrhaphy,3 I refer you to my case report of 1984.4 An ophthalmic ointment instilled through any small defect in the adhesive tarsorrhaphy will hasten separation of the adhesive shell and its atraumatic removal. In fact, if patience is exercised, the rapid turnover of the ocular epithelia will see to it that the adhesive separates quickly in any case. To give a general anesthetic for such a case would surely be exposing the patient to unnecessary risks.

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