A very high grade of myopia can be improved by removing the lens. The operation for myopia was first performed by Adolph Weber in 1858, but was not adopted by the operators of his time.
Grave dangers are inherent in this operation. To meddle with the vitreous in a highly myopic eye predisposes to hemorrhage, detachment of the retina, recently or even years later. Glaucoma has often occurred by slight inaccuracies of technique.
Reference: Removal of the lens in high myopia. Arch Ophthalmol. 1906:264.
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