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October 1991

Zinc Supplementation for Macular Degeneration-Reply

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New Orleans, La

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(10):1345. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080100025013

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In Reply.  —Hawkins comments on the discussion of the key clinical pathologic features of macular degeneration and subretinal neovascularization seen in the eyes of the subjects cited in Table 5 in the row labeled "Loss of ≥20 letters." If one eye had multiple key features, these were enumerated separately. For example, one of the two eyes in the zinc group had neovascularization, and both eyes had pigment epithelial detachments and geographic atrophy. The language in the "Influence of Risk Factors" section cited by Hawkins thus lacks clarity. There also is a typographical error in the second paragraph of this section. "Six eyes with geographic atrophy" should be "five eyes with geographic atrophy."I trust this clarifies the situation. Hawkins is to be congratulated for his careful analysis of the manuscript.

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