Speed is of the essence when treating an ocular chemical burn. Within 20 seconds, the Morgan Lens can be in place and delivering irrigating solution to all parts of the eye and inner eyelids, meaning nothing is more effective for treating ocular chemical burns or removing non-embedded foreign bodies.
Experts agree that ocular irrigation should be prompt, prolific, and prolonged. The Morgan Lens provides exactly this:
- PROMPT: It takes less than half a minute to have the Morgan Lens in place, providing soothing relief to the injured eye and calming the patient. The caustic materials, whether liquids or particulates, are quickly neutralized and/or washed out of the eye.
- PROLIFIC: All regions of the eye and inner eyelids must be completely irrigated to eliminate trapped contaminants. The Morgan Lens is the only way to ensure this is done properly. Irrigation may be continued for hours or even days, and since the Morgan Lens floats above the injured cornea (never touching the eye), the process is more tolerable for the patient. Unlike “manual irrigation”, it is not necessary to evert and swab under the eyelids since the Morgan Lens effectively removes any non-embedded foreign bodies or particulate matter trapped in these regions.
- PROLONGED: For chemical burns, irrigation should be continued until the pH of the eye returns to normal (which, for alkalis, generally takes two to three hours and at least 20 to 30 minutes for acids). Physically holding the eye open, as is necessary when the Morgan Lens is not available, is an extremely painful process for the patient due to blepharospasms and photophobia. Also, medical personnel may not be available for this long a period, and it’s very difficult to continue “manual irrigation” while the patient is being transported. The Morgan Lens solves all of these problems, allowing for non-stop, prolonged irrigation without the need for constant attention. Since the eyes may be closed while irrigation is underway, it’s much more comfortable for the patient (something that’s very important when irrigating the eyes of children), yet 100% of the irrigating solution is delivered under the eyelids.
Proper irrigation of the eyes improves the outcome for the patient by preserving eyesight and reducing the need for follow-up care.