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November 10, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1641. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460067019

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To the Editor:  —I notice in The Journal, Oct. 27, 1917, p. 1420, an article by F. H. Verhoeff of Boston on a substitute for tattooing the cornea with India ink for the purpose of obliterating white corneal scars, etc. His method consists in i[ill]ecting a solution of India ink into the layers of the cornea by means of a hypodermic syringe. Never having tried this method, I am not in a position to criticize it; but it seems to me that it is not at all an ideal procedure. I have for years abandoned the old method of tattooing the cornea with needles and India ink. This procedure is undoubtedly satisfactory when skin tattooing is under consideration, but it is not at all satisfactory for corneal tattooing. It requires a good deal of force to thrust the needles into the cornea, and then when this is done the black

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