"TIME hath often cured the wound when reason failed to heal" (Seneca). However, it may be that in the postoperative care of retinal detachment we have relied too much on time and not enough on reason.
This clinical note calls attention to three cases of retinal detachment in which the period of postoperative bed rest was considerably shortened, with no untoward effects. My premise is that if healing is to follow surgical treatment of retinal detachment it will occur quickly, as in any clean injury. Furthermore, it will, and does, take place in spite of motion. The eye is not still in sleep at all times, or in closure, and cannot be splinted or stabilized by any acceptable method. There is also doubt, after the retina is back in place, as to whether any particular position is preferable.
The management in the first case here recorded was prompted by the
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