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August 26, 1905

PROGRESSIVE AXIAL MYOPIA.ITS PREVENTION AND CURE BY APPROPRIATE TREATMENT OF THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL RECTI MUSCLES; WITH REPORT OF CASES.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(9):607-610. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510090029001g
Abstract

It must be admitted that, while the science of ophthalmology, as a whole, has shown a remarkable advance in recent years, our knowledge of the etiology, and particularly the treatment, of progressive myopia is little, if any, greater than it was twenty or thirty years ago.

Various eminent authorities, during recent years, have described what they considered the principal factor in its causation, while others have studied exhaustively the gross and microscopic tissue changes that may be present in the myopic eye; and still others have suggested many ways of bettering the hygienic surroundings and increasing the comfort of the myope; yet no one, to my knowledge, has ever suggested a definite form of treatment for the prevention or cure of this unfortunate condition.

It has been stated by Cohn that 10 per cent. of the blindness of inmates of public institutions in Germany is directly due to an advancing

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