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June 1965


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Eye Department General Hospital Singapore, Malaysia

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(6):905. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030907026

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To the Editor:  In the editorial of the December 1964 Archives, P. D. Revor-Roper in his usual delightful style summarized most accurately the problem of corneal grafting in underdeveloped countries—"at any rate in underdeveloped countries, about a sixth of those who are blind have scarred corneas (Bisley, 1964), and a graft might well restore their sight. The barrier to achieving this is not so much the shortage of skilled surgeons, for the techniques are well established and not too difficult to learn, but primarily a shortage of donor eyes."In Malaysia, our problem is precisely what Trevor-Roper wrote. We have not been able, for various reasons, to get the government to introduce the necessary legislation. We are in need of donor eyes and are glad to learn of the possible success of deep-frozen full-thickness corneal grafts. It will be a momentous day for our many patients who are blind with

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