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May 31, 1902


Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of the Eye in the Philadelphia Polyclinic and School for Graduates in Medicine. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1418-1421. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480220004001a

Apart from the momentary blurring of vision from a tired ciliary muscle, or the partial blindness which accompanies migraine, or the periodic dimness of sight which is so frequent a precursor of glaucoma, transient loss of vision limited to one eye is very uncommon.

The attention of the writer was first called to this symptom some years ago by a patient, an elderly clergyman, who was brought to the office in a great state of perturbation by a friend, on account of the sudden loss of sight in the right eye. The blindness was complete for about fifteen minutes and then began to clear, so that by the time the office of the writer was reached, about half an hour after the commencement of the attack, sight was fully restored. A careful ophthalmoscopic examination was at once made, but failed to reveal any cause for the blindness, other than changes

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