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The Effects of the Morgan Lens on Chemical Corneal Burns

Authors: Lee KH, Kim MS, Kim JH

Journal: Journal of the Korean Ophthalmologic Society (Oct. 1987)

Abstract: The Morgan Lens* was designed as a sterile disposable scleral contact lens which provides ocular lavage and medication to the conjunctiva and cornea. In this study, eleven chemical burn patients were treated over the past six years, five patients with Morgan Lenses and six patients with “classical syringe irrigation”, and the results were compared. The results of the Morgan Lens group showed shorter admission dates, better visual acuities, and less complications than those of the classical syringe irrigation group.

*Note: the Morgan Lens was originally called the Morgan Therapeutic Lens and this terminology was in use when this article was written.

Thanks for the opportunity to sing the praises of the Morgan Lens! Those of us who have been in the field for a while wonder what we ever did without them!  We find two general uses for the lenses.   One is for contact irritation:  most typically, splashes.  After local anesthetic, for ease of insertion, the lenses fit comfortably on patients of all ages and provide gentle and thorough irrigation of irritant substances. We have many cases of this type.  The second most common use is for patients show suffer multiple injuries due to automobile accidents, major trauma, burns, falls, etc.  Not only does the lens thoroughly irrigate the eye, removing most or all of the debris that has accumulated, it more importantly frees up the nurse's hands so that she can perform other lifesaving functions.  Quite frankly, eye irrigation was treated as "the bottom of the list" often because other patient's other injuries were more devastating with higher morbidity and mortality.  Particularly in the burn patient, the soothing effect of the irrigation and potential to prevent infection or further injury, make it an easy to use, valuable asset for patient care.

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Why Use The Morgan Lens?

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.