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August 8, 1977

Role of the General Ophthalmologist

JAMA. 1977;238(6):482. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280060026013

To the Editor.—  As a board-certified general ophthalmologist, I would like to make the following comments about the prominently displayed abstract on retinal detachment (237:1256, 1977).It is proper to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment. I do not feel it proper or accurate that a retinal detachment case mismanaged by a general ophthalmologist is presented as being "typical." Finally, all retinal detachment surgery need not be delivered "into the hands of the retinal surgeon." Many general ophthalmologists by virtue of their training, talent, and interest can perform retinal detachment surgery with excellent results.The interested reader is referred to the original article1 and my response,2 which was published without comment by Adams.