The writings of Risley, Jackson, de Schweinitz, Weeks, Knapp, Pyle and others, have introduced into the management of partial lens opacities considerations which make the old and easy classification of incipient and ripe cataracts unsatisfactory to the observer, and unjust or cruel to the patient.
A few clinical truths seem to have been firmly established. We know that the situation of early opacities is of prognostic importance; that senility is neither the only nor the most important factor in etiology of so-called primary senile cataract; that the uveal tract, especially the choroid, should be minutely studied; that "spontaneous cures" now and then occur from absorption, with or without capsule puncture, or from luxation; that hygienic, optical and medicinal care are of importance, and seem to retard progress of lens-clouding: that ripening operations are unreliable, and probably entirely unnecessary; that if the opacity interferes with vision to a great degree, and
WOODS H. TEMPORARY CLEARING OF A CATARACTOUS LENS.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(23):1517-1519. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470490015001d