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Ophthalmology is a visual science in more ways than one. Its proper practice may depend more on detection of distinctive visual images and on recognition of characteristic visual patterns than does any other medical specialty. Our ability to observe most pathologic changes and surgical maneuvers of the eye through transparent tissues is unsurpassed by other medical disciplines and probably accounts for much of the appeal that ophthalmology holds for many of us.
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Think of some of our hallowed and visually evocative imagery, affecting virtually all tissues of the eye: for example, crocodile shagreen, map-dot/ fingerprint opacities, dendritic ulcers, and ground glass cornea; snowflake and sunflower cataracts; zonular dandruff; asteroid hyalosis; snail track and lattice degeneration of the retina; silver and copper wires; cotton wool spots and fishtail flecks; sea fan neovascularization; morning glory syndrome; bull's eye maculopathy and cherry red spot; mulberry tumors of the disc;
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