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He who would not be considered a bunglar in ophthalmic surgery must give the subject very careful attention. The mechanism of this branch of surgery is very fine and intricate and a large experience in its practice is necessary to surmount the various difficulties with which it is beset. It is both an art and a science. To practice it successfully as an art presupposes a great amount of training of the hand, and to practice it successfully as a science renders it an imperative necessity to be thoroughly and practically acquainted with the various diseases to which the eye is subject either directly or remotely. The complexity and the delicacy of structure of this organ render it extremely tolerant of surgical interference. The results sought to be obtained by a surgical interference with it are two-fold, surgical and optical. In a purely surgical sense an operation is said to
THOMPSON JW. OPHTHALMIC SURGERY.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(1):6-8. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411050012001a