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In treating ophthalmia neonatorum it frequently happens that the physician himself can not see the patient oftener than once a day, and must rely on the mother to wash out the eyes, and between his visits to instill whatever drops can be entrusted to her. In cases in which both eyes are infected we often find that one eye does well but the other becomes ulcerous.
The chief cause of this condition is that one eye is well washed out and the other is not. At each treatment of the baby it is easy to open the first eye approached, but after the child is hurt and starts to cry, it strongly shuts both eyes and rolls in the lids. Then even the physician finds it difficult to open the lids of the second eye wide enough to make the applications efficiently.
By habit a physician is likely to begin
O'MALLEY A. A SUGGESTION FOR THE TREATMENT OF OPHTHALMIA NEONATORUM. JAMA. 1909;LII(4):296–297. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420300036002b
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