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December 19, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(25):1279-1280. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431030015002d

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The wearing of glasses is so much more common than formerly that we are often asked to give an explanation. Frequently parents express their astonishment that so many school children wear glasses, a thing almost unheard of when they were young. A recent article on "Superfluous Spectacles" seeks to explain a part of this increase by the unnecessary prescribing of weak lenses "which have only a mythical value."

Are there any good reasons for this increase, or is specialism in this direction running mad like the wild rage for extirpating ovaries, stretching rectums, removing turbinates and snipping the muscles of the eye? There are reasons for the increase in the use of glasses and there is also something to be said as to unnecessary prescribing.

Obviously the first reason for the more common use of glasses is that we have learned to recognize these eye affections and their multifarious effects

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