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Five ophthalmic instruments for microsurgery of the eye, England, 1980

Microsurgery, as the name suggests, is performed on an extremely small scale and requires precision instruments. Microsurgery is now commonly used for reconstructive surgery – a fairly new discipline, developed in the early twentieth century. The eye undergoing surgery requires magnification as the structures of the eye are both small and highly sensitive. The instruments include a repositor, for returning a part of the eye that has been moved during surgery to its original position, cornea scissors and a forceps blade holder.

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Glossary: ophthalmology

The branch of medicine dealing with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways (usually the eyes or the brain).

Glossary: ophthalmic instrument set

Group of instruments used by surgeons to perform ophthalmic operations, which are operations that deal with the visual pathways (usually the eyes or brain)

Glossary: microsurgery

Reconstructive surgery on small body parts. Microsurgery is performed under magnification using delicate instruments and precise techniques.