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September 1965


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(3):443. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040445036

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To the Editor:  The purpose of this letter is to comment on an article, "Experimental Simulation of Aphakia," by Robert C. Welsh, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology 49:84-86 (Feb) 1965.Since 1960, when I became a monocular aphakic and 1961, when I became a binocular aphakic, I have become aware of the fact that cataract surgery offers one of the greatest gifts to one's fellow man, but most ophthalmologists are unaware of the fact that they, in giving their patients cataract spectacles, are creating visual invalids. I am sure that all of us have had patients say, "Doctor, have you ever experienced this procedure?" I am also sure that we have a little more respect and, perhaps, empathy for the patient on whom we are performing a procedure that we too have experienced. Dr. Welsh, specializing in cataract surgery, has felt this very keenly and I commend him

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