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November 2, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(18):1412-1416. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760440022006

A paper read before this section in 1891 stated that1 "the constant wearing of full correction lenses, no matter what their strength, with careful attention to other points of ocular hygiene, checks promptly and permanently the advance of myopia in the majority of cases." In 1892 in a paper on the full correction of myopia, read before the American Ophthalmological Society, I2 asserted that "myopia should be fully corrected and the correcting lenses constantly worn, except at such times and to such extent as the emmetropic eye would require the aid of convex lenses for presbyopia." Supporting this, twenty-seven cases were reported that had been under observation three years or upward with this treatment. At the same meeting Dr. George C. Harlan3 reported thirteen cases of high myopia, from 4 diopters upward, in which full correction had been worn constantly for more than five years, and stated