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Article
September 1974

Your Eyes

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;92(3):270-271. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.01010010278029

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Abstract

One sad fact of life, which all of us learn very early, is that there is just not enough time in the day to do everything we must or should do. In the busy ophthalmologist's life, this simple fact often means that our patients do not get the explanations they need to understand what is wrong with their eyes. This often cavalier attitude about keeping our patients in the dark, whatever the reason might be, used to be meekly accepted by most patients. However, in this present day of consumer awareness, patients are demanding to know more about their illnesses and their treatment. This demand for medical enlightenment, which has always been morally justified, may, in the near future, be legislatively required. Thus, whatever help we can get in educating our patients is to be welcomed with open arms.

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