oct- 29, 1946- c. ANDRZEJEWSKI ' 2,410,257 . MECHANISM FOR REMOVING FOREIGN PARTICLES FROM THE»EYE Filed Dec. 5, 1945 ‘176.4. gli \\ Ill” lll'arillll/ hwnsvv 7-52 644,64 ?/vo EZEJ'EWJK/ 5y 3/4437 34 2,410,257 Patented Oct. 29, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT orrics 2,410,257 I ‘ MECHANISM FOR REMOVING FOREIGN PARTICLES FROMTHEEYE Clara Andrzejewski, Chi cag'o, Ill., assignor. to > Joseph Belzowski, Robert L. Squire. and Frank Z’. Roder, Chicago, Ill. Application December'5, 1945, Serial No. 632,936 8 Claims. (01. 128-4) My invention relates to improvements in de thewsame may include a cylindrical ‘barrel Ill vices for removing foreign bodies from the eye. My invention relates more particularly'to an whichis tapered at its forward end l2 and pro vided with the ?attened nose I4. I provide a pair of drilled openings'l? in the nose [4 to receive theends of a looped hair I8 and hold them in the instrument capable of removing dust, dirt, for eign matter and the like from the eye, that is to say, between the eyeball and the upper or lower lid or where the particle is simply resting upon the eyeball, or partially embedded in the eyeball, and includes among its other features mecha nism for magnifying the area in which the .par ticle is lodged, so that it is more‘ easily discovered 2 In the preferred construction of my invention, position shown with the loop extending forward from the nose of the barrel. The ?lament which I use may be either human hair, horse hair or plastic or ‘other similar ?ne "strand, that is com 10 paratively rigid yet capable “of flexing so that when the ends are inserted into the opening IE and an eye wash or lubricant fountain from which it will be ?xedly held‘ in position. I provide an desired amounts of liquid can beinserted at the axial passageway‘ 20 in the barrel in. extending time that the particle is being removed or there from the nose M to a chamber or reservoir 22 15 after. that is vnormally ?lled with an eye wash or lubri The principal object of the present invention is cantfor use; in connection with the hair l8. A plunger'24‘ma'y be positioned in the chamber 22 to provide a device or mechanism of the type described which can be easily carried in the pocket similar to a-fountain pen, yet is capable of and ready for instant use, whenever the emer gency. arises. 20 7 A further object of the invention is to provide having a rod 26 extending backwardly therefrom to a button 28. A coiled spring 30 normally keeps the plunger in the retarded‘ position in the reser voir shown in Fig. 3 of the drawing. In order to assemble the parts described, I an instrument or mechanism, for removing par - provide a threaded ring member 32 provided with ticles from the eye, which has a looped hair or the bore 34 that is screW-threadedly mounted in other ?lament positioned at one .end with a 25 the tapped opening 36 in the end of the barrel magnifying glass so arranged that it may be ad In. The ring 32 may extend beyond the end of justed to enlarge or magnify the area where the the barrel l0‘to screw-threadedly engage a clo particle lies and mechanism associated with the sure member 38 provided with an opening 40 hair for lubricating or washing the eye at the 30 therein‘ to receivethe end of the plunger rod 26 time that the particle is being removed. and plunger button 28. Apfastening clip 42, simi A further object of the present invention is to lar to that provided on pencils or fountain pens, provide an instrument or mechanism of the type 'may be secured to the barrel l0 so that when the described which is ready for instant use when unit isassembled it may be fastened in the pocket ever desired and which can be easily assembled or disassembled to remove or repair broken parts. 35 A further object of the invention is to provide a device of the typev described which includes a reservoir, which is easily and quickly ?lled with - of the wearer. I The end’ of the barrel It) may beprovided with a cap 44 which is frictionally fastened over the same and serves to protect the loop l8 when the instrumentis not in use. It may also have a eye wash or lubricant, so that a constant supply chamber 46 of su?icient size, so that a small box of the same is always present whenever the. in 40 48ywhich contains additionalv loops may be car strument is used. ' ' ' ' ried therein. ' ' Other objects and advantages will be more ap When the instrument is to be used for remov parent from the following description wherein ing particles from the eye and, in order to facili reference is had to the accompanying sheet of 45 tate discovery of the same, I have provided a drawings upon which: magnifying glass 50 which is mounted for angu Fig. 1 is a side elevational View showing the lar adjustment upon a bracket 52 that is carried instrument in use for removing a particle from by a band 54. The band 54 is slidably mounted the eye; ‘ upon the barrel l0 and can be adjusted so that Fig. 2 is a side elevational view of the same 50 the magnifying glass may be brought to the exact with the upper cap removed, so that eye wash or position necessary to examine the eyeball. When lubricant can be insertedinto the eye; Fig. 3 is a cross sectional view of the.instru ment or mechanism; and Fig. 4 is a plan view thereof taken in the posi tion shown in Fig. 1. not in use, the magnifying glass may be folded down against the side of the barrel as shown in ' 55 Fig. 3. When it is desired to use the device which I aildéad 3 4 . have provided for removing foreign particles on said barrel and capable of movement thereon to position the same in proximity to said loop from the eye, the cap 44 is removed from the end of the barrel lo, the magnifying glass is then v during use. ' moved into position adjacent the end of the bar 4. In an instrument of the character described, rel near the loop I 8, so that the particle can be GI the combination of a barrel having a reservoir located. ,The‘pinstrument maythen be moved therein, ?uid in said reservoir, a passageway from with the loop ‘against the surface of the eyeball said reservoir leading to one end of said barrel, to remove any foreign particle either upon the a spring-pressed plunger inv said reservoir, a surface of the eyeball or between the eyeball and. ‘?exible U-shaped loop positioned in the end of one of the lids of the eye. If it is desired to 10 said barrel having its legs secured upon opposite place some eye wash or lubricant in the eye,'the ' closure member 38 is unscrewed and pressure upon the button 28 will force a portion of the ?uid in the reservoir 22 through the opening 20. and deposit it upon the loop 18. Since placing lubricant on the loop during removal sometimes assists materially in loosening or moving thev sidesof said passageway and a magnifying glass mounted on said barrel and capable of movement thereon to position the same in proximity to said loop during use, and a cap for the end of said barrel, said cap having additional loop members therein. . 5. In an instrument of the character described, particle, I have found this combination tobe . the combination of a cylindrical barrel having a highly advantageous. It will also be understood that the ?lament or loop I8 is su?iciently ?exible 20 reservoir therein, eye wash in said reservoir, a minute passageway from said reservoir leading and :delicate, so that no scraping or other harm to one end of said barrel, a spring-pressed plunger will result as it is moved across the membrane in said reservoir, a rod extending from' said of the eye. From the above and foregoing description, it plunger, a closure member secured to the end of will be apparent to those skilled in the art that I 25 said barrel and enclosing said rod, a ?exible U shaped hair loop positioned in the end of said have provided a practical and highly e?icient barrel having its legs fastened in holes‘ upon op mechanism’ for removing particles from the eye. posite sides of said passageway and a magnifying The device is compact and so constructed that it glass mounted on ‘said barrel and capable of can be easily carried in a workman’s pocket and is readily accessible and ready for use whenever 30 movement thereon to position the same in prox imity to said loop during use, said magnifying particles get into worker’s eyes. While I have glass also capable of angular adjustment. illustrated and described a speci?c embodiment 6. A device for removing particles from the of the invention, it will be apparent to those eye comprising a cylindrical barrel member hav skilled in the art that changes and modi?cations may be made in the exact details shown and I 35 ing a tapered point, a ?exible hair member in the form of a loop secured in the end of said do not Wish to limit myself in any particular; point, a reservoir in said barrel, eye cleaner in rather what I desire to secure and protect by Let said reservoir, a passageway from said reservoir ters Patent of the United States is: to a point adjacent said loop and a spring pressed 1. In an instrument of the character described, plunger in said reservoir. ‘ g _ ' the combination of a barrel having a reservoir '7. A device for removing particles from the 'eye therein, a passageway from said reservoir leading comp-rising an elongated cylindrical barrel mem to one end of said barrel, a plunger in said reser vo?r and a ?exible U-shaped loop positioned in ber having a tapered point, a'?exible hair mem the end of said barrel having its legs secured ber in the form of a loop secured in holes in upon opposite sides of said passageway. the end of said point, a reservoir in said barrel, eye cleaner in said reservoir, a passageway from 2. In an instrument of the ‘character described, said reservoir to a point adjacent said loop, a the combination of a barrelvhaving a reservoir therein, a passageway from said reservoir leading spring pressed plunger in said reservoir and a to one end of said barrel, a plunger in saidreser cap secured to said barrel enclosing the end of said plunger. , voir and a ?exible UV-shaped loop positioned in the end of said barrel having its legs secured 8. A device for removing particles from the upon opposite sides of said passageway, eye wash eye comprising an elongated cylindrical barrel in said reservoir and spring means for‘returning member having a tapered point, a ?exible hair said plunger after it has been operated to force member in the form of a loopv secured in holes in ?uid from said reservoir. the end of said point, a reservoir in’ said barrel, 3. In an instrument of the character described, eye cleaner in said reservoir, a passageway vfrom the combination of a barrel having a reservoir said reservoir to a point adjacent said loop, a therein, ?uid in said reservoir, a passageway from ' spring pressed plunger in said reservoir and a cap said reservoir leading to one end of said barrel, a secured to said barrel enclosing the end of‘ said spring-pressed plunger in said reservoir, a ?exible 60 plunger, a clip on said cap and a magnifying glass U-shaped loop positioned in the end of said bar slidably mounted on said barrel and‘ capable' 6f rel having its legs secured upon opposite sides of angular adjustment with respect thereto. said passageway and a magnifying glass mounted CLARA ANDRZEJEWSKI.