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The following reply to Dr. Veirs' letter was solicited by the Editor.
To the Editor:
—Thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer the letter of my good friend, Everett Veirs, whose last statement I would like to answer first. I may be guilty of making a "dogmatic statement," but I am not guilty of "rearranging my prejudices." I am conducting a crusade for the "Prevention of Cruelty to Canaliculi," against procedures that needlessly impair the function of the duct.If my statement, quoted by Dr. Veirs, that "the ampulla is a nearly indispensable part of the lacrimal pump" is true, then his statement that he gets uniformly good results with this operation cannot be true.To solve this problem, I would suggest that Dr. Veirs start a series of, let's say, 50 consecutive "3-snip" operations, done under the following conditions:
That the preoperative dye test be negative
Jones LT. A SNIPE AT "SNIPS"-Reply. Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(2):275-276. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020277024