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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Oculoplastics

Prosthetic shell

prosthetic shell

The prosthetic shell can serve as a teaching item for all physicians. In 1946 while Dr. Caccamise was an intern at the US Marine Hospital in New York City (Stapleton, Staten Island), several residents and interns together with a cooperative patient decided to entice him into examining the patient's glass eye. They claimed that there was an interesting fundus finding to be seen with the ophthalmoscope. After several frustrated attempts at seeing the eyegrounds with his handheld direct ophthalmoscope, Dr. Caccamise - to the giggles of the others including the patient - realized that the eye was artificial. This photo should serve as a caveat - check carefully before you assume that you will be examining a real eye.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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