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Notes From Our Ophthalmic Heritage
December 1998

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(12):1601. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.12.1601

Bed Bug.

The Cimex lectularis, rubbed up with salt and woman's milk, was highly esteemed in antiquity as a poultice for the eyes. The blood of this creature was also employed to prevent the return of eyelashes after epilation.

Reference:The American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology. 1913;11-B:921.