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December 1971


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Miami, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(6):725. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010727019

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To the Editor.  —I am delighted to respond to the criticism of Dr. Bellhorn since it certainly has merit. The Annual Review of the lens contained a large section on the complications of cataract surgery. To emphasize that the incidence of serious complications in human eyes, in which the procedure of choice is the intracapsular method of extraction, the following statement was made: "If the ophthalmologist feels that cataract surgery can give rise to a very high number of operative and postoperative complications, he will gain solace by considering the problems of cataract extraction in the dog." The rate of success was quoted to demonstrate that the canine ophthalmic surgeon is forced to rely on the extracapsular method of extraction to achieve his best results. This technique is inferior to the intracapsular method in adult humans beyond the age of 40 years.In Magrane's early series (Cataract extraction: An evaluation

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