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December 1939

RETINAL DETACHMENT CURED BY AN EYEBALL-SHORTENING OPERATIONREPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO
From the Division of Ophthalmology, Stanford Medical School.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;22(6):974-979. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860120046003
Abstract

In 1933 Lindner published the description of an operation which he called an eyeball-shortening operation. This procedure is a modification of a similar operation previously described by L. Müller and was suggested by Lindner for use in cases of retinal detachment in which operation by other methods had been unsuccessful. He also suggested and used it for the first operation in certain unfavorable cases. As can be imagined, this operation is most applicable when the detached retina is found to be held away from its normal bed by fine vitreous strands or by agglutination of retinal folds.

The technic of the operation is fully described in Lindner's article1 and is easily understandable from the illustrations, even if the reader is not proficient in German.

Essentially, the operation consists of excising a long, narrow crescentshaped piece of sclera lying concentric with the limbus and suturing the cut edges of the

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