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As an adjunct in the treatment of retinal detachment, photocoagulation has proven to be, and cryotherapy promises to be, most valuable. They are welcome aids, and there are instances when either one or the other is superior to any former method of treatment. However, the greatly improved results in retinal detachment surgery are not due primarily to the types of instrumentation used, but rather to the development of ophthalmologists who carefully and effectively examine a retina, detect retinal detachments early, and are in a position to give optimum early care.
Unhappily, many excellent ophthalmologists do not have access to means of photocoagulation or cryotherapy, and some men have even asked us if they are justified in doing retinal surgery without having both of these techniques at their fingertips.
We stand strongly in favor of the ophthalmologist who can and will weigh the individual case, deciding from his own findings and
Colyear BH. Art Is Not Long Gone. Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;76(3):317. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.03850010319001