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From the Archives of the Archives
March 1999

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(3):321. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.3.321

SATTLER expressed the opinion that the accommodation had nothing whatever to do with glaucoma. He reported a case of glaucoma which he had held in check for years by the use of pilocarpine. The patient in the occasional absence of the remedy had observed that he could stop the attack by reading steadily with glasses appropriately fitted to his presbyopia. The patient asked if he could continue reading under these conditions, and having Sattler's consent was able at later dates to confirm his previous experience. Sattler had heard of similar cases, and thought that if patients were not so absolutely prohibited from using their eyes during the prodromi of glaucoma we should oftener hear of these interesting cases, which were well worth studying from the point of view of the influence of the accommodation upon the disease.

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