I should say that definite cure may be obtained in about 60% of recent cases, this percentage diminishing with the age of the detachment. Not only is this proportion of cures an improvement in comparison with the former rarity, but the length of the treatment is far shorter than the many weeks or months of absolute rest in bed with both eyes bandaged, which was up to this time the most usual torment for the patients.
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