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March 1940


Author Affiliations

From the Division of Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1940;23(3):487-490. doi:10.1001/archopht.1940.00860130551002

In the future more patients with senile cataract will come to the ophthalmologist for treatment. Because of the reduction of infant mortality and the lengthening span of life for those who survive the hazards of infancy, the trend of population in the industrially advanced countries is toward old age. In the United States, over one third of the total population will soon be over 50 years of age, and by 1980 over 14 per cent will be over 65. This trend in the chronologic distribution of the total population by age1 is clearly shown in the accompanying chart. Along with this general senescence in the population belongs an increased incidence of senile cataract.

The modern treatment of senile cataract is surgical. Operation for cataract in many respects is a radical treatment after the disease has occurred. It is a removal of a part of the eye for which there

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