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August 25, 1900


Author Affiliations

Member of the International Congress of Ophthalmologists. KEOKUK, IOWA.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):477-478. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620340013001e

My reason for reporting this case is because it is one of great rarity. Statistics go to show that keratitis bullosa is the least frequent of all corneal troubles. It is fortunate for both the physician and the patient that such is the case, for it is one of the most painful affections that the eye is liable to, and in the majority of eases baffles all therapeutic and surgical measures adopted for its relief. The disease occurs in the eyes, the cornea of which is more or less clouded and sensitive, or in eyes with a large corneal cicatrix, or eyes which have been rendered blind by iridocyclitis or by increase of tension.

Jansen1 describes a primary form occurring as the result of an abrasion of the cornea by the finger-nail, a twig or some such object. But the majority of cases are secondary and occur as the