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August 9, 1958


Author Affiliations

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

From the Children's Service Center of Wyoming Valley, Inc.

JAMA. 1958;167(15):1839. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.72990320010007d

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The purpose of this article is to present a simple technique which facilitates the ophthalmoscopic examination in children. During the neurological examination of the outpatients of the Children's Service Center of Wyoming Valley, Inc., the inspection of the optic fundi was not a simple procedure, because the children, particularly the very young ones, would keep their eyes in motion, attracted either by the light of ophthalmoscope or other objects in the examining room. Others would become frightened and would burst into tears and run to the door demanding to be taken to their parents.

We tried to solve the problem by asking the children to look at different pieces of equipment in the room, but the result was about the same. In one of these instances we decided to use a standard mirror, which produced the results here described. An 18-by-24-in. mirror was fixed on the wall 4 ft. from

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