For thirty years, we have watched with interest the currents and countercurrents in ophthalmic practice, and a few facts of some prophetic value have gathered above the horizon. In the brief span of three decades, we have seen modes of practice rise and fall, and then be forgotten. The very demands of the times are changing, and ophthalmology will meet these demands with her accustomed wisdom and zeal. Whole groups of diseases have lost their serious menace, and in the future will become relatively rare. Ophthalmia neonatorum will no longer take its heavy toll among the children of our country. The advanced and destructive forms of trachoma are being rapidly eliminated, and with this progress will go the necessity for operations correcting lid deformities resulting from this disease. With the marked diminution in severe, chronic conjunctival affections, and with the improvement in the treatment of nasal affections, there has been
McREYNOLDS JO. THE TREND OF AMERICAN OPHTHALMOLOGY. JAMA. 1923;81(8):619–620. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650080001001
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