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September 1935


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California Medical School.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1935;14(3):481-482. doi:10.1001/archopht.1935.00840090167013

Goldstein and Wexler1 prepared an anatomic study of the preretinal artery, reviewing reports of thirty-two cases and describing a case under their observation in which autopsy was performed.

Early observations did not differentiate the preretinal artery from the embryonal remains of the hyaloid artery, and it remained for Hirschberg in 1885 to make the distinction. In the majority of cases reported the loop has been arterial. In some cases the loop is connected with vessels on the disk, and less frequently they enter the disk independently. The condition may be bilateral, or it may occur in both the vein and the artery of the same eye.


A Jewish man aged 21, had myopia of 5.5 diopters ; vision was corrected to 20/20 in the right eye and to 20/15 in the left eye. Near-sightedness was the only complaint. The patient had not noticed any scotomas.