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That children are born blind with cataract is a matter of every day observation. That these cataracts can be removed by absorption under surgical procedures is the experience of every ophthalmic surgeon, and that infants who have been operated upon for cataract can, when old enough, learn to read with proper glasses, has long since been established by thousands of witnesses. The acquisition of sight to those born blind is now, therefore, no novelty. Experience has also taught the surgeon that if good sight is to be secured to those born blind with cataract, the operation for the removal of the obstruction must be done very early in life. If the cloud in the pupil be allowed to remain for too long a lime, during the growth of the child, the retina seems to be arrested in its development by the absence of its normal stimulus, strong light, and the needful
CHISOLM JJ. OPERATION FOR CONGENITAL CATARACT IN TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR; VISION SLOWLY ESTABLISHED.. JAMA. 1886;VI(7):175-176. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020035003