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September 2001

Selective Citation of Evidence Regarding Photoreceptor Loss in Glaucoma

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(9):1390-1391. doi:

A recent ARCHIVES article by Nork et al1 dealt with possible beneficial effects of laser-induced photoreceptor damage for ganglion cell survival in experimental glaucoma. The authors state, "Photoreceptor involvement in glaucoma has also been observed at the histopathologic and molecular levels." Although they cite their report,2 which shows modest qualitative swelling but no quantitative loss of photoreceptors, the authors inexplicably fail to cite other reports that deal directly and relevantly with this issue. This would have allowed readers to be aware of the objective evidence and to assess critically all of the available data.

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