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June 1977

Tilting at Windmills

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(6):1083-1084. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450060170029

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implantation of intraocular lenses, but that it was well known that such criteria rarely were followed. My colleagues said that they rarely implanted lenses in patients under the age of 70. They believed that such patients would "probably not be around long enough to develop any complications that might later ensue." They did state, however, that they had seen complications after implants had been performed by local surgeons, and that the patient was then reluctant to return to the surgeon for further therapy. When I asked would they have intraocular lenses implanted in their eyes if cataracts developed, their response was emphatically negative.

In my extensive travels throughout the United States and in a number of foreign countries, I have found the majority of ophthalmologists to be reluctant to implant intraocular lenses. However, due to "the economics" as well as to the psychology that new is good and old is

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