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Of all the methods of dealing with senile cataract that have at various times been detailed and advocated by different authors, the upper flap with an iridectomy had been attended with more uniform and favorable results than any other. The flap extraction was first practiced without the removal of a segment of the iris. The results thus obtained were superior to those by any of the other methods that had been previously practiced. Statistics show that about ten per cent, of the cases thus treated were lost. Mooren, of Düsseldorf, in 1862 proposed the following method: He first did a very free iridectomy, removing a large segment of the iris. He then allowed the eye fully to recover, waiting perhaps three or six months as the case might require, when he made the ordinary flap upwards and extracted the lens. This method has to-day many advocates, and its advocacy is
THOMPSON JW. THE FLAP EXTRACTION OF SENILE CATARACT. JAMA. 1886;VI(8):202–204. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020062004
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