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June 14, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(24):1582-1583. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480240032013

Comment has often been made, much more so in the past than now, on the large number of persons in American cities, including even many children, who wear glasses, and it has been suggested that this state of affairs is the expression of a fad or of a bit of affectation or of avarice on the part of the oculist. The fact is, however, that as a result of our indoor habits, demanding constant use of the eyes at short range, ocular defects that would otherwise cause no trouble and thus remain concealed become manifest as eyestrain in one form or other. To the credit of American ophthalmologists be it said that they were among the first to appreciate the significance of such eyestrain, and to the correction of its causes they have given most assiduous, intelligent and successful attention. We think it may be stated without fear of contradiction