An apparatus for holding eyelids open

Alexander Barash of Illinois was recently granted a patent for an "apparatus for opening and holding eyelids open" (Patent No. 10842477).

The apparatus includes a supporting platform having a Y-type shape and including an upper beam configured for extending between a nose bridge and a forehead of the patient and for positioning on the forehead, a left leg and a right leg coupled to the upper beam, and configured for straddling a nose bridge of the patient and for positioning on patient's left and right cheeks, and a cross-arm mounted on the upper beam of the supporting platform. The apparatus also includes an opening assembly mounted on the cross-arm and configured for pulling an upper eyelid up for exposing an eye and retaining the eye of the patient in the open position.

I guess that A Clockwork Orange didn't count as prior art.

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 12, 2020
     Category: Inventions | Patents | Eyes and Vision

The equipment in A Clockwork Orange is pretty standard for ophthalmic surgery.
Posted by Frank Harris on 12/12/20 at 05:33 PM
That looks very much like what the doc used when she worked on my eye after a slight hemorrhage a few years ago. I did think about the prop used in the movie when her assistant uncovered the tray as we were starting.
Posted by KDP on 12/13/20 at 12:57 PM
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