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January 1951


AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(1):120-121. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010123013

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To the Editor:  —Intractable diplopia following operation on the extraocular muscles is discussed in a recent paper by George L. Tabor Jr. (Intractable Postoperative Diplopia, Arch. Ophth. 44: 517 [Oct.] 1950). Tabor has carefully sifted the literature and reported on a case of his own. His interesting study calls for comments on this important subject, which has received relatively little attention in the literature.One must define one's terms. Diplopia occurring immediately after operation, troublesome persistent diplopia and horror fusionis are not necessarily the same thing, although diplopia is common to all three.More or less transient diplopia after operation for squint is much more frequent than one should conclude from the statistics quoted by Tabor. As Krewson mentioned in his discussion of Tabor's paper, many patients experience transient diplopia while persistent diplopia is relatively rare. Transient diplopia is, in fact, rather the rule and occurs also in children, as

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