THE ERYSIPHAKE in one form or another has been in use since 1910. Since its introduction many improvements have been made in the mechanics of creating negative pressure.
The machine came equipped with rubber tubing and an adapter which connects the tubing to the cup to be introduced into the eye. The weight and inherent tension peculiar to rubber products make impossible the delicacy of touch, and ease of manipulation required in cataract surgery.
Don Baxter, Inc., has worked with me to provide a light-weight plastic tubing with an attached adapter which fits the cup. This arrangement provides a closer, more exact handling of the cup, without dragging weight or tension. With use of this tubing one may attain the delicacy of manipulation comparable to that of the various capsule forceps for lens extraction.
The tubing is 6 ft. (180 cm.) long, with walls of 0.016 in. (0.03 mm.) thickness,