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One of the most formidable pathological processes of the eye the physician has to deal with is what is known as suppurative keratitis, or ulceration of the cornea. It is safe to state that more eyes are partially or totally destroyed through corneal ulcerations than through any other ocular disease, including injuries and operations.
It is with great anxiety that, when any of the purulent ophthalmies present themselves to the physician for treatment, he carefully opens the eyelids to inspect whether or not the cornea shows any evidence of ulceration. A sense of relief is felt to find the negative true. But not only in the suppurative ophthalmies is this so, ulcerations under many other circumstances may become equally unpleasant and formidable. The many staphylomatous and white eyes, and often no eyes at all, one sees in the various institutions for the blind, as well as on the streets, are
BACH JA. THE TREATMENT OF CORNEAL ULCERS.Read before the Milwaukee Medical Society, February 9, 1892.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(11):311-312. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411150001001