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During 1931, there were treated in this institution 3,923 inpatients and 28,831 outpatients; 5,969 operations were performed in the outpatient and inpatient departments, of which 1,816 were for senile cataract. Capsulotomy was performed in 1,518 cases; intracapsular operation (with forceps) in 14 cases; according to the Smith technic in 6 cases, and phaco-eresis (Barraquer) in 193 cases. Vitreous escape occurred in 33 cases (1.73 per cent), and iris prolapse in 15 (0.79 per cent). Colonel Wright believes that senile cataract is rare in India, and that the so-called nuclear cataract is the only form that should come under this heading, the bulk of the other types depending principally on defects in health.
Improvements in the performance of the operation for cataract are due to facial akinesia, which can now be obtained so satisfactorily by the O'Brien technic, and to deep orbital injection in the region of the ciliary ganglion.
K. A. Report of Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Madras, India, 1931.. Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;8(3):478–479. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820160172016