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Author: Stern AL; Pamel GJ; Benedetto LG
Journal: Dermatol Clinics, 1992 Oct, 10:4, 785-91
Abstract: Ocular trauma is not uncommon. Because the tissues associated with visual function are delicate and remarkably specialized, care of ocular injuries is best left to well-trained specialists. Initial care, however, is often simply common sense. Irrigation of chemical burns, sterile techniques, and procedures that salvage tissue are good general principles.
A 37-year-old man was arrested by the NYPD and in the struggle, mace was sprayed into his eyes. The patient was also cocaine intoxicated. He was thrashing about so violently that we could not effectively irrigate his eyes with IV tubing, nor with the nasal cannula (attached to IV tubing) straddling his nose. The Morgan Lens worked beautifully.Physician (New York)
The Morgan Lens is used in 90% of hospital emergency departments in the USA and can be inserted in less than 20 seconds. There simply is no other "hands-free" method of eye irrigation. Nothing else frees medical personnel to treat other injuries or to transport the patient while irrigation is underway. Nothing is more effective at treating ocular chemical, thermal, and actinic burns or removing non-embedded foreign bodies, even when the patient's eyes are closed tightly. Its design makes it simple and straightforward to use so minimal training is required.