The literature on this subject has been so thoroughly reviewed by Würdemann, Ramsey and others that we may pass at once to the practical consideration of the various points that naturally arise for decision and action; and if we can succeed in so presenting the most important problems as to develop a full discussion, the result would be the ripened conclusions of American ophthalmology.
The whole matter, so far as the patient and the surgeon are concerned, can be resolved into the three primary questions:
What are the location and character of the foreign body?
What are the proposed measures of relief?
What will be the probable immediate and remote results?
LOCATION AND CHARACTER OF FOREIGN BODY
The answer to the first question involves a careful analysis of many circumstances and facts. Is the foreign body actually within the globe, or has it been withdrawn through the point of entrance,