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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.
My 16-month-old son received an ocular chemical burn when his 3 ½-year-old brother discovered a cleaning solution without a child-proof lid. Both eyes were flushed at home for 3 to 5 minutes before he was taken to the ED. Once there, Alcaine drops were instilled, Morgan Lenses inserted into both eyes and irrigation started with lactated Ringer’s. He promptly fell asleep. If I can use it on my own child and trust it – so can anyone!Registered Nurse (Kentucky)
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.