It is usually considered that full correction cannot be worn after cataract extraction if the eye not operated on has normal vision. Most ophthalmologists (including myself) have made it a practice not to encourage patients with monocular cataract to have extraction done. This advice has been given because it has been felt that a correction could not be worn and the only advantage of the operation to the patient would be the cosmetic improvement and the increased field of vision. Ophthalmologists have neglected to have their patients make a fair trial with full correction to see whether it would be tolerated, because it has been felt that there was such a remote possibility of success.
This paper is written to create interest among ophthalmologists in carrying out a thorough trial with full correction.
Little information of a specific nature is found in textbooks or in the literature on this subject.