When an ophthalmologist studies the new regulations for drafted and enlisted men, he is immediately confronted with the fact that men with low vision, which can be raised by glasses to the required standard in one eye, are enrolled for some form of limited military service, and at once the thought comes, How are these men to be supplied with glasses if they have none, and how are lost or broken glasses to be replaced here, and overseas?
The problems are more easily solved for this country than for abroad; but to obtain the best solution, the work here and there must be coordinated. In the early days following our country's entrance into the arena of world conflict, the Subcommittee on Ophthalmology of the General Medical Board of the Council of National Defense took up these problems, which then, owing to a higher standard of visual requirements, were less difficult
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