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From the Archives of the Archives
February 1999

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(2):291. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.2.291

Clinical Experiments With New Ways of Influencing Intraocular Tension Effect of Rice Diet

The influence of the "rice diet," as introduced by Kemper for the treatment of hypertensive vascular disease, on the intraocular tension of nonglaucomatous patients was studied. All patients subject to this diet showed a striking and persistent reduction of intraocular tension. The reduction of the intraocular tension did not seem to be directly dependent on the reduction of the blood pressure. It is believed that a relative depletion of chlorine and sodium ions in the body tissues, including the eye, might be the underlying factor in this phenomenon.