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January 1964


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99 W Main St New Britain, Conn

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(1):153-154. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010169032

To the Editor:  —It has long been the aim of ophthalmologists to provide a means of "vision with protection" for postoperative cataract patients. It is now fairly well accepted that the eye can be used within three to four days or sooner postoperatively. Under modern surgical techniques most surgeons feel there is little chance of complication other than by direct blow to the eye or sudden increases in intraocular pressure. Because of the shortage of bed space in most US hospitals and that shortage becoming more and more acute, it is desirable that ophthalmologists shorten the postoperative stay in the hospital. Various men have devised several systems of postoperative dressings with visual accoutrements. It is easily foreseeable that cataracts may again be done on an out-patient basis or done in a doctor's office, and the patients sent home for postoperative care. This was practised recently on the USS HOPE in

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