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To the Editor.
—The Annual Review, "The Lens" (Arch Ophthal85:485-500, 1971), contains a paragraph (second paragraph, p 490) which is misleading and thus requires further comment. The cited reference indicates the status of cataract extraction in the dog as "... an overall failure rate of over 50% and a success rate not exceeding 25%." Anatomical considerations are suggested as the reason for the poor success rate, and then the closing statement reports that "... extracapsular extraction is still the procedure of choice in the dog."Unfortunately, the reviewer does not note that the quoted figures refer to cataract extractions primarily attempted by the intracapsular technique, a technique which is widely recognized as being unsuitable for the dog based upon current knowledge.It is regrettable that the reviewer encountered the cited reference in the Transactions of the Ophthalmological Societies of the United Kingdom rather than the veterinary publication, The Journal of
Bellhorn RW. CATARACT SURGERY IN DOGS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(6):725. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010727018