March 9, 1912

Public School Children and Optometrists

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati, Chief Medical Inspector of Schools.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(10):721. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030119028

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To the Editor:  —In the Optical Journal and Review of Optometry, Feb. 15, 1912, the following appeared:"Dr. William Ravine, chief medical inspector in the public schools, has great faith in optometrists. He sends many of the children suffering from defective eyesight to the various optometrists."Permit me through the columns of The Journal to deny the above statement as absolutely false and without foundation. I have never expressed any faith in optometrists, nor have I ever sent any child suffering from defective eyesight to any oculist. Children in the public schools suffering from defective eyesight are referred to their family physicians. If careful investigation reveals the fact that they are unable to employ a physician, they are referred to the various clinics, which in turn give them prescriptions for glasses, which are filled by the various oculists in our city.Investigation disclosed the fact that the article was written

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