By its very nature, macular edema must be a common occurrence after cataract extraction, and yet little reference to it can be found in the literature. I have canvassed several ophthalmologists for their experiences. Among my confreres in Montreal, none * had been aware of it before my original paper, in 1954.1 Kirby ¶ stated that he had "seen it frequently after glaucoma surgery but not after cataract operation." He felt that it is likely to follow any opening of the eye. Stallard ‡ stated that he had had two cases. Chandler § believes that he has had several cases and that the patient usually gets well spontaneously. Since my report in 1954 sporadic cases have been reported to me.
As a disease entity, of course, macular edema is very common and is well known. It has been studied by many. Aside from those cases of inflammatory origin, the majority
NICHOLLS JVV. Concurrence of Macular Edema with Cataract Extraction. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(5):595-604. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030599001