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Dr. Coyle's letter was referred to Dr. Jaffe, who offers the following reply:
To the Editor:
Oral glycerine has been administered by us to more than 500 consecutive patients undergoing cataract surgery. There has not been a single omission due to past medical history or any other reason. Occasional vomiting and infrequent headache remain the only adverse reactions.I suppose there is some risk attached to all medications. Nevertheless, since oral glycerine has become popular, I have failed to note in the literature any important side effects attributed to it.I am grateful to Dr. Coyle for pointing out the theoretical possibility of a cerebral complication and I shall indeed be on the alert for such an occurrence.
Jaffe NS. ORAL GLYCERINE IN CATARACT SURGERY-Reply. Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(3):442. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040444033