• Short Summary

    Techniques developed in the state of Illinois, U.S.A., have led to new ways of surgically?

  • Description

    1.
    CU: Camera taking pictures of eye. (3 shots)
    0.16

    2.
    CU: women's eye.
    0.18

    3.
    CU: Doctor explaining about contact lenses
    0.30

    4.
    CU: Doctor continues explanation
    0.42

    5.
    CU: Doctor continues explanation
    1.00

    6.
    CU: contact lens being put into woman's eyes (3 shots)
    1.18

    7.
    SV: Patient on to operating table for surgery for blindness (4 shots)
    1.41

    8.
    CU: blood clot removed from eye
    1.44

    9.
    CU: doctor looking at eye through microscope (2 shots)
    1.50

    10.
    SV: doctor examines patient's eye after operation.
    2.10


    TRANSCRIPT: RICH: "This is a hard lens that is made out of conventional plastic material called polymethyl methacrylate. This is hat all hard lenses have been made out of since the inception of the corneal lens back around 1949. Now this lens is a soft corneal lens. You can see how flexible it is and this is one of two new series under investigation for nearsighted patients. Now this is an extremely thin, very, very thin flexible lens and its a lens of this type that patients will be wearing on a continuous-wear basis - very very thin, almost membrane type of lens."



    The doctors don't consider the two out of three successful treatments for this type of blindness as an outstanding success rate. However they are encouraged. A few years ago, treaty this type of blindness would have been considered hopeless.




    Initials RH/JR/PNG/1900



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    Background: Techniques developed in the state of Illinois, U.S.A., have led to new ways of surgically treating blindness and the prescription of types of "soft" contact lenses.

    SYNOPSIS: Better means of photographing the eye have led to new designs of lenses. In this clinic near Chicago Dr. George Rich has been doing research on contact lenses. The pictures are similar to aerial photographs which measure the contours of land. Dr. Rich explains the new lenses.

    Allied to the new photographic techniques the soft lenses mean a better fit. The old hard lenses often led to irritation of the eye and excessive eye watering. Investigators believe that research will make soft contact lenses available to even more people.

    The new surgical techniques were developed at the University of Illinois Medical Centre in Chicago. The man undergoing treatment was accidentally struck in the eye with an elbow six years ago. The eye haemorrhaged, forming a blood clot which restricted light entering the eye. Removing the blood clot by conventional surgery would cause the eye to collapse. Dr. Gholam Peyman has developed a technique to remove the clot in small pieces, simultaneously replacing it with a clear salt solution. This means the eye retains its shape. Doctors have been able to treat two out of every three cases like this one successfully. This patient is having his eye tested the day after the operation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2ZW15GX9LYRX9DA3KFM0WC1SR
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ZW15GX9LYRX9DA3KFM0WC1SR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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