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July 1986

Informed Consent

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Manhasset, NY

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(7):972-973. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050190030012

To the Editor.  —The article on informed consent in the January 1986 issue of the Archives1 is well conceived with detailed statistical analysis, but I must take issue with question 1. It is a two-part question, as opposed to only single-part questions 2 through 9. It required two answers such as appeared in question 10, but only one answer is supplied.Most patients do not present to ophthalmologists with a chief complaint of "cataracts." They may or may not complain of poor vision and the purpose of cataract surgery, from the patients' point of view, is to improve vision. If we wish to "identify the problem," we have to face both the patients' problem of poor vision, if such exists, as well as our problem of making a correct diagnosis and removing the cataract skillfully in order to solve the patients' problems.With the remarkable advances that have occurred

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