What are Iris scissors?

Iris scissors are small scissors originally designed for fine detail work in ophthalmic surgery. Since then, they have been adapted for a wide range of other uses, including non-medical uses such as crafts. Suppliers of medical-grade scissors often carry iris scissors, sometimes in a variety of designs to meet various needs, and it's also possible to get scissors that have been designed for crafters. Both closed and open stem versions are available.

These scissors are very small, with a small and extremely sharp tip. A pair of iris scissors is ideally kept as sharp as possible, as sharp scissors allow for a sharp cut, which can be important in surgery. Some iris scissors have curved blades for certain types of precision tasks, while others may have straight blades. Special versions designed for left-handed people can be purchased; buying scissors adapted to the dominant hand allows greater control and dexterity.

In addition to being used during eye surgeries, iris scissors can also be used during other types of surgical procedures. Many emergency rooms also keep these scissors for various medical tasks. In dissection and autopsy facilities, iris scissors are also often part of the tool kit; they are well suited to detailed work, such as when someone wants to examine an anatomical structure without damaging it with larger or heavier tools.

Crafters can use iris scissors for any number of precision crafting tasks, such as making small, precise cuts in fabric and plastics. Curved Iris Scissors can also be useful for tasks like cutting thread, as the curved blade ensures that the scissors don't accidentally cut or nick the fabric under the thread. Artisans must remember to sharpen their iris scissors regularly to keep them performing as expected; If the cuts start to look jagged or blunt, it's time to sharpen them.

Like other bladed instruments, iris scissors require special care. The blade must be kept sharp and clean, and it is important to oil the moving parts of the scissors to keep them running smoothly. Scissors should also be stored safely, with the tip covered or the scissors secured in a storage container when not in use so people don't accidentally cut themselves. Scissors designed for medical use are designed to be sterilized with antiseptic soap and an autoclave, and as a result are generally very durable.

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