ONE OF the biggest contributions to blind work came during World War II when agencies and their philosophies were changed by the farsightedness of certain ophthalmologists1: The seeing were to teach the blind how to be blind; no longer would it be a necessity for only the blind to lead the blind. After this progressive contribution of the ophthalmologists their leadership became less evident but nonetheless important.
Before he became a physician, the author had an opportunity as an instructor of the blind to observe at first hand the early changes in this field. Subsequent experience as a physician and an ophthalmologist has engendered the hope that ophthalmology might be more helpful to blind people. In order to make the most humane use of his status in the public mind and his access to blind people, the ophthalmologist should be familiar with certain basic information.2 All who enter
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