Dr. T. Y. Sutphen presented a case which in 1898 showed complete detachment of the retina with entire loss of sight. The usual treatment availing nothing, he had punctured the retina after the method of De Wecker, the patient remaining in bed one month afterwards. Apposition in the right eye was complete with normal sight and field, which had remained so now for ten years. In the other eye, though the operation was at first followed by equally good results, the retina subsequently became detached again.
A look at the past . . .. Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(12):1689. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.12.1689