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December 3, 1887

ARTIFICIAL RIPENING OF CATARACTS.Read before the Chicago Society of Ophthalmology and Otology.

JAMA. 1887;IX(23):716-717. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400220012001d

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This is a subject which has not received the recognition from fellow-colleagues that its importance deserves. Only a few articles and comments, scattered here and there, can be found relating to the relief of persons having non-mature cataracts. The third number, Vol. xl, of Knapp's Archives, contains a communication from the able pen of Prof. Förster, of Breslau, entitled "On the Maturity of Cataract." Forster calls attention to the annoyances patients are subjected to who are afflicted with cataracts of slow development. In many persons the process of degeneration extends over a period of months and years, leaving them in a helpless condition, and in many instances obliging them to forego the enjoyments of life and resign life-supporting and profitable positions.

So long as the cararact is not mature, an operation is contraindicated. So long as the cortical substance is still firmly adherent to the capsule, extraction of the lens

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