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September 1959

The Treatment of Chronic Uveitis: Preliminary Comments on Chronic Degenerative Diseases

Author Affiliations

New York
The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and the L. Margolyes League.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;62(3):400-413. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.04220030056009

Chronic intraocular inflammation is a devastating disease. The alternative to treatment is usually blindness.

This paper concerns itself with three groups of patients. The first includes those with chronic intraocular inflammation, mostly chronic uveitis, who have been treated for a period of six months or more. The second group comprises those with chronic inflammation who have been treated less than six months and for whom the prognosis is not always clear. The third group, which is not analyzed statistically at this time but which must be mentioned, consists of those persons who hitherto have been considered hopeless, mostly because of chronic degenerative diseases, such as macular degeneration. In this latter group the failures far outnumber the successes. However, these are failures to succeed and not failures to try.

The definition of chronic uveitis is not simple. For purposes of this paper, chronic uveitis is defined as an inflammation of the

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