March 8, 1952


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344 State St., Albany, N. Y.

JAMA. 1952;148(10):863. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930100081026

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To the Editor:—  An article entitled "Simple Removal of Ocular Foreign Bodies," on page 119 of the Jan. 12, 1952, issue of The Journal states that a BB shot was in the center of the vitreous and "that with pressure applied over the most posterior aspects of the visible sclera the BB popped out of the eyeball with a yellow gelatinous material that took the form of a long tail." Any competent ophthalmologist will quickly recognize this as conjunctival secretion. The foreign body never was inside of the globe but only in the conjunctival sac, and when the lids were opened the shot fell out. The report is clinically misleading and may be also dangerous, for it recommends a method of treatment fraught with grave risks.The reporter failed to find any opening in the globe before or even after his manual expression. This is sufficient to cast a deep

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