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October 1976

Photocoagulation in Retinal Vein Occlusion

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1815. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040589033

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This text, a doctoral thesis, presents a thorough review of the natural history, course, complications, and treatment of central retinal vein occlusion. After an initial discussion of the signs and the natural course of this disease, a section reviewing the treatment modalities is included. This is followed by an interesting discussion on the hemodynamics and fluorescein patterns found in retinal vein occlusions.

The remaining three quarters of the book are devoted to a beautiful integration of what is known to date about the subject on the basis of data compiled from 117 patients treated in the author's clinic from January 1970 through January 1974. These patients were examined regularly and provided copious documentation for a reliable evaluation of their therapy. The author's experiences with anticoagulants and carbogen inhalation offer most interesting and informative reading. He concludes that the visual prognosis with anticoagulant therapy is poor but much better after photocoagulation

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