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From the Archives of the Archives
February 9, 2009

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2009;127(2):140. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2008.559

The blind eye of glaucoma simplex usually contains a partially cataractous lens and the blood vessels are notoriously weak. Liability to sudden elevations of intraocular tension with blood in the anterior or vitreous chambers is the logical result. . . . These eyes present a different problem than the usual cataract or glaucoma because the first and all-important demand is relief of pain and not restoration of vision. Measures not to be thought of, if we aim to save vision, may be legitimately used when an already blind eye is under consideration.

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