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November 22, 1902

THE GENESIS AND TREATMENT OF THE MYOPIC EYE.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1296-1299. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480470006002a
Abstract

There is no more interesting or important chapter in ophthalmology than that which treats of the etiology, nature and treatment of the myopic eye. The widely differing views which have been expressed regarding each of these points seem to justify a renewed presentation of the subject.

HISTORY.  The observations made in the early part of the century by James Ware regarding the relatively greater prevalence of myopia among the educated portions of the community were verified by the later examinations in the schools by many observers, who demonstrated its steadily increasing percentage as the children advanced in age and school progress. Since this was associated with a nearly equal fall in the percentage of hypermetropic eyes it required but a step to the seemingly logical conclusion that the small hypermetropic eyeball of childhood increased in size with the physiologic growth of the child into emmetropia and from this into the

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