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March 1978

In Favor of Lens Implantation

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Santa Monica, Calif

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(3):542-543. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050300029

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To the Editor.  —I would like to take the opportunity to respond to Dr Henkind's letter entitled "Tilting at Windmills," which appeared in the June 1977 Archives (95:1083-1084). Dr Henkind raises some very pertinent and important facts regarding the subject of lens implantation. He states that trained or untrained surgeons are implanting intraocular lenses because of economic necessity and without a firm conviction that these lenses are a benefit to their patients. If this is true, this is a strong indictment against the selection process for ophthalmology residents and the training they receive. I would take the opposite opinion, ie, that boardcertified ophthalmologists with or without proper training are implanting intraocular lenses for the ultimate benefit of their patients.Dr Henkind has stated that the surgeons he has questioned have denied wanting to have lenses implanted in their own eyes. I would respond by saying that such a statement requires

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