[Skip to Navigation]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 34.204.186.91. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
Article
December 1937

TREATMENT OF NEUROPARALYTIC KERATITIS BY CLOSING THE LACRIMAL CANALICULI

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(6):1024-1025. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850120158017

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

To the Editor:—In the September issue of the Archives, Drs. J. A. MacMillan and W. Cone (Prevention and Treatment of Keratitis Neuroparalytica by Closure of the Lacrimal Canaliculi: Report of a Case, Arch. Ophth. 18: 352 [Sept.] 1937) reported a case in which neuroparalytic keratitis following section of the posterior root of the fifth nerve for neuralgia was relieved by cauterization of the lacrimal puncta. Commenting on this result, they stated, "It is comparable to the results described by Beetham after he had closed the ducts in patients with filamentary keratitis." It seems to me that this statement gives too little credit to Beetham, who was the first to employ this procedure to relieve dryness of the eye due to insufficiency of lacrimal secretion. The writers did not state whether or not it was Beetham's communication that led them to employ the procedure in their case.

The writers

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×