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    New drape speeds ophthalmic surgery

    Surgical draping for ophthalmic surgery has never been quick or easy—until now. A new drape design allows the surgeon or scrub nurse to fully drape the patient in seconds.       

    “Even after meticulous cleaning of the lids and conjunctival sac before surgery, there is still a risk of contamination of the surgical field by the bacteria on the eyelashes and the Meibomian secretion,” said Takayuki Akahoshi, MD, director of ophthalmology at Mitsui Memorial Hospital, Tokyo. “Appropriate draping to cover the eye lids and lashes completely and blocking the meibomian secretion is extremely important for the prevention of endophthalmitis. But traditional draping is time- and labor-intensive. So we developed an alternative.”      

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    Dr. Akahoshi described his novel surgical drape during the 2016 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Symposium and Congress. The new design allows for faster draping, which helps him to perform 10 to 12 cases per hour. In 2015, he performed nearly 10,400 

    Two conventional drapes

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