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March 18, 1933

SODIUM CARBONATE (MONOHYDRATED) IN THE TREATMENT OF VERNAL CONJUNCTIVITIS

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1933;100(11):812-814. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740110024009
Abstract

I advocate the use of sodium carbonate in solution, 5 and 10 grains to the ounce of water (0.3 and 0.65 Gm. to 30 cc.), instilled three drops, four times daily, during the active stages of vernal conjunctivitis, both limbic and palpebral. As a supplement, the eye should be irrigated with cold boric acid solution by means of an eye cup, seven times daily.

Having proved that vernal conjunctivitis is an ocular manifestation of an allergy due principally to dusts and pollens, and having observed that desensitization by means of dusts and pollens does not always effect immediate relief, I1 came to the conclusion that the avenue of approach in the treatment of this disease would be to render inert the exciting agents that enter the eye, or at least to remove them from the eye in such quantities as to minimize the degree of contact and thus keep

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