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July 1965


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(1):143. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040145034

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To the Editor:  The January issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology contains an article by Drs. Scheie, Rubenstein, and Katowitz, "Ophthalmic Ointment Bases in the Anterior Chamber." I found this paper most interesting, but provocative.Two clinical cases are reported: one of a patient in whom peanut oil was retained in the anterior chamber with little effect for 18 years, and another of a patient in whom petrolatum has been present with no ill effect for three years.On the basis of these two clinical cases and their experimental work in animals, the authors draw the conclusion that medications in ointment bases should not be instilled into the conjunctival cul-de-sac immediately postoperatively. This very definitive conclusion by investigators of such excellent reputation will undoubtedly come as a surprise to many ophthalmologists who, like myself, have been using these medications with no ill effects. In fact, it may influence them to

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