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January 23, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(4):180-181. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440040036011

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It has for some time been a growing custom for ophthalmologists and opticians to lend London smoked or other tinted coquille spectacles to patients under mydriasis. The spectacles are returned after the passing of the mydriasis and are again lent to other patients. It is a dangerous custom that should be stopped. The writer has known of cases of infection not readily explainable except as due to wearing glasses that others have used. As these tinted coquille glasses cost the optician but a few cents, we advise oculists either to give patients outright the pair required, or suggest that they be bought. Doubtless the better class of opticians would be willing to give their regular patients such glasses free of charge. But in all cases the patients should be warned against the use of second-hand, possibly infection-smeared articles.

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