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September 1930


Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;4(3):326-331. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810110028004

For a long time it has been my opinion that too much stress has been laid on the mechanical theories as to the cause of glaucoma. Most of these theories have been formulated from the anatomic changes found in blind eyes and in those that had been subjected to inflammation. In other instances the theories have been purely hypothetical. Many of them have been handed down from one teacher to another and, as so often is the case, accepted without question.

For the past few years I have been measuring the intra-ocular tension in all patients who came to the office, with the exception of young children and those with certain inflammatory conditions, and I have had the opportunity of making some intensely interesting observations. I have found eyes in which there was increased intra-ocular tension without other symptoms of glaucoma, and have been able to watch these

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