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From the Archives of the Archives
March 1999

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(3):346. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.3.346

Of the 181 cases of cataract operations done at the N. Y. Eye and Ear Inf. 128 were senile; 10 sclerosed lenses; 16 traumatic; 6 congenital; 7 soft; 14 complicated. Panophthalmitis occurred twice, and intra-ocular hemorrhage three times. Mental disturbance occurred in eight cases, there being a history of previous mental trouble in five. Simple extractions, 70%; with iridectomy, 21.67%; linear with needlings, 3.33%; through a previous coloboma of iris, 5%. Prolapse of iris occurred in 9.43%, on an average, 2.4 days after the operation. The average immediate recorded vision was 25/100+, the average ultimate vision 20/50-. Of ultimate vision, 0.1 in 2.85%; 1/00 in 9.28%. In five cases no vision was looked for.

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