Inexpensive Support for Anterior Segment Photography

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    This unique observation has not re-ceived its due consideration in publishedreports on laser safety to date, eventhough it may have significant implica-tions upon the establishment of lasersafety criteria for different races. Muchresearch is required to clarify this issuefurther.




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    Inexpensive Support for AnteriorSegment Photography

    Editor:Photography of the anterior segment

    requires a sturdy and adjustable supportfor the patient's head and the camera,combined with a movable light source.To satisfy these requirements, I modifieda Zeiss slit-lamp table so that it wouldsecurely support both a 35-mm cameraand an electronic flash unit (Figure). Thecamera support, made from steel shelv-ing, holds the camera with a tripod screw39 em above the table surface. Thesupport was screwed to the Zeiss table6 em from the rear edge to provide an

    Figure (Brown). Camera and flash mounted onZeiss table.

    adequate focusing range with the lensused. The flexible neck from a goosenecklamp was attached to the forehead sup-port of the slit-lamp table and the elec-tronic flash unit was attached to the freeend of the flexible arm. Another tripodscrew allowed movement through a 180-degree arc. This arrangement of cameraand flash allows correct positioning of thelight source and precise focusing of thecamera by adjustment of the controls ofthe slit-lamp table.

    ALAN C. BROWN, M.D.New York, New York

    Three Cases of Dendritic HerpeticUlcerations of the Conjunctiva

    Editor:The dendritic figure in the corneal

    epithelium is diagnostic of acute herpessimplex keratitis; however, the morpho-genesis of this branching lesion has notbeen clearly defined. 1 Dendritic ulcera-tions of the conjunctiva, On the otherhand, have rarely been reported.! andwe therefore describe three patients with