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February 6, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(6):436-437. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670320050028

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To the Editor:  —Recently I investigated the etiology and pathology of Kleig eyes in motion picture studios. The symptoms were so distressing for the time, and of such inconvenient duration, that the persons engaged were at a loss to cope with the situation.The patients have great photophobia and lacrimation, and even when the trouble is not especially severe, are incapacitated because of their appearance and their inability to look at light. The early stages appeared to be a hyperemia, which, if allowed to continue, orexposed to the studio lights for any time, quickly merged into a mild chronicity, which resolved itself into a type of follicular conjunctivitis. In mild cases I sectioned a few specimens of the engorged and follicular conjunctiva, and found beginning hyperplasia of the interstitial tissue, and the follicles were evidently a lymphoid hyperplasiaThe most effective remedy in early stages seems to be a rather

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