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October 1949


Author Affiliations

From the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;42(4):373-388. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900050381003

THE PURPOSE of the present study was to review past efforts designed to lower the intraocular tension by various types of seton operations and to devise new technics using laboratory animals and suitable human subjects. While the implantation of foreign materials into the eye for the treatment of glaucoma has not been well accepted, either in principle or in ophthalmic practice, the literature contains several enthusiastic reports of this type of procedure.

HISTORICAL REVIEW  In 1906 Rollet and Moreau1 reported 18 cases in which they treated hypopyon associated with corneal ulcer by a double paracentesis of the lower portion of the cornea, through which punctures a horsehair was threaded. Either end of this seton was glued to the cheek with collodion, and the thread was left in situ for forty-eight hours. The next year Rollet2 applied this procedure to the treatment of 2 patients with painful absolute glaucoma

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