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To the Editor:—
Knowing the active interest of the Association in the wide-spread agitation for laws licensing opticians to examine for refractile errors and prescribe glasses, I have thought that a striking instance of the dangers of this proceeding which has just come to my notice might well be recorded. A man of 34 consulted me this week because of a severe and increasing headache of three months' duration. Three weeks ago he went to one of the large opticians of New York because of some trouble with his eyesight, and had glasses prescribed for him by an optometrist. He did not have a refractile error of consequence, but a high grade of choked disc in both eyes and was suffering from brain tumor. Of course, a decompression operation three weeks ago would have preserved much more sight than can be expected now, and the blame for the loss of
Janeway TC. Practical Demonstration of the Dangers of Optometry. JAMA. 1910;55(21):1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330210056019
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