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October 1949


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;42(4):443-450. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900050451010

THE MOST frequent reason that patients seek the services of an ophthalmologist is their inability to use their eyes with comfort. As a rule, the patient with visual impairment does not come into a physician's office early but tends to procrastinate. The causes of ocular discomfort are many, but no attempt will be made to give a differential diagnosis of ocular discomfort here. Rather, I shall analyze observations on a group of patients with ocular discomfort other than that due to refractive errors, improperly made glasses or poorly adjusted glasses, as discussed by Veasey.1 These patients form a distinct group whose complaints are real and whose symptoms cannot be relieved by merely treating the patient as a rigid optical apparatus, without regard for his personality, of which the ocular component is only a small part. If the physician but understands the personality patterns of these patients and if, after

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