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Tobacco-alcohol amblyopia: a maculopathy?
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    Tobacco alcohol amblyopia - Authors reply

    Dear Editor

    We appreciate the comments of Grzybowski et al. about our article. We agree that the term "tobacco alcohol amblyopia" is not very accurate and does not specifically describe the underlying cause of vision loss. It may also not fit the "historic" description of the condition. However, the term is still used widely to describe a spectrum characterized by optic nerve dysfunction and selective involvement of...

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    Was it really tobacco alcohol-amblyopia ?
    • Andrzej Grzybowski, Department of History of Medicine
    • Other Contributors:
      • Graham Holder, Consultant Electrophysiologist, Director of Electrophysiology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, Great Britain

    Dear Editor,

    Further to the article of Behbehani R, Sergott RC and Savino PJ Tobacco-alcohol amblyopia: a maculopathy? [1], we question whether either patient had tobacco-alcohol amblyopia (TAA).

    “TAA” occurs in patients with high alcohol and tobacco intake, but is perhaps a misnomer with “nutritional optic neuropathy” being more appropriate. Many such patients are nutritionally deficient consequent u...

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