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Mary E. Moore, PhD, MD
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Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA 19141 Requests for Reprints: Mary E. Moore, PhD, MD, Division of Rheumatology, Albert Einstein Medical Center, 103 Korman Building, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(6):609-610. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-124-6-199603150-00012
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The problems with my eyes had become alarming. Two and a half years ago I was told I had a posterior vitreous detachment in my left eye that had left me with an eye full of floating debris. Over the past 2 weeks, I had developed a similar problem in my right eye, its onset heralded by flashes of light when I turned my head. I found it almost impossible to focus a microscope on joint-fluid samples, a major inconvenience for a rheumatologist. After a MEDLINE search taught me that retinal damage was possible, I decided to consult a specialist at a large eye hospital in the city. My husband agreed to accompany me.

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