The excellent experimental work and reviews which have appeared, especially in the last two years, from the department of ophthalmology of Northwestern University Medical School have increased the interest in the possible relation between the onset of cataract and the body stores of vitamin C (cevitamic acid). Delay in the development of cataract, possibly through dietary means, is a matter of such practical importance that a study of patients available in the Strong Memorial Hospital and the Rochester Municipal Hospital seemed worth while.
A brief summary of the literature may well precede a report of our laboratory findings. Bourne,1 in her recent discussion of metabolic factors in the production of cataract, stated that "the physical and metabolic integrity of the lens is to some extent dependent upon the maintenance of a normal metabolism of the whole organism. General metabolic disturbance may affect the lens by creating a deficiency of
HAWLEY EE, PEARSON O. VITAMIN C AND ITS RELATION TO CATARACT. Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;19(6):959–967. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850180111010
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