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May 1956

Concurrence of Macular Edema with Cataract Extraction

Author Affiliations

Montreal, Canada
From the Department of Ophthalmology of the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(5):595-604. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030599001

By its very nature, macular edema must be a common occurrence after cataract extraction, and yet little reference to it can be found in the literature. I have canvassed several ophthalmologists for their experiences. Among my confreres in Montreal, none * had been aware of it before my original paper, in 1954.1 Kirby ¶ stated that he had "seen it frequently after glaucoma surgery but not after cataract operation." He felt that it is likely to follow any opening of the eye. Stallard ‡ stated that he had had two cases. Chandler § believes that he has had several cases and that the patient usually gets well spontaneously. Since my report in 1954 sporadic cases have been reported to me.

As a disease entity, of course, macular edema is very common and is well known. It has been studied by many. Aside from those cases of inflammatory origin, the majority