Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA, Assistant Editor.
BY WILLIAM B. MEANY, M.D.
It is hard to say why tobacco has been selected as the general agent
for inciting what is called toxic amblyopia. Is it not a fact that various
toxic agents are said to be attended by varying degrees of amblyopia, and
that some writers, apparently eager to ignore the effects of alcohol, have
taken up the consideration of central and peripheral lesions of the optic
nerve, clearly due to prolonged local disturbances of the vasomotor system,
from various kinds of excesses and mechanical obstruction to nutrition, even
including tuberculosis, to set forth an exaggerated view of the by no means
well-established toxic effect of tobacco?
A FEW PARAGRAPHS ABOUT TOBACCO AMBLYOPIA.. JAMA. 1998;279(12):968. doi:10.1001/jama.279.12.968