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September 1988


Arch Ophthalmol. 1988;106(9):1164. doi:10.1001/archopht.1988.01060140324009

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To the Editor.  —Vitrectomy is a recognized surgical procedure that is being used more and more frequently in ophthalmology. When a vitrectomy has been performed on an eye, either partially or in toto, the eye is now in a changed state. A word is needed to indicate this change. When the lens has been removed from an eye, the condition is called "aphakia" and the eye is referred to as "aphakic." I propose that when the vitreous has been removed from an eye, the diagnosis, by analogy, should be "avitria" and the eye referred to as "avitric."The state of avitria must be taken into consideration when performing other procedures on the eye.

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