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From the Archives of the Archives
June 2001

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(6):898. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.6.898

The object of this paper is to point out that when called upon to try and recover some sight in the remaining eye of an old patient in whom hemorrhage of the choroidal vessels has occurred, the operation of couching is not only justifiable but right, and in fact, the only thing to do. Although we know that the eye will eventually become quite blind, nevertheless the patient will still have a certain amount of useful sight for one if not for two years, whereas if left alone he would at the most merely be able to distinguish light from darkness.

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