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Article
March 1937

THE EYE IN EPILEPSY

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Department of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Northwestern University Medical School.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;17(3):486-492. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850030100007
Abstract

This report may be divided into two parts: first, a consideration of the examination of the eyes of each patient with epilepsy and the relation of the findings to the entire problem, with specific statistical evaluation, and, second, a critique of certain predominating symptoms affecting the eye in epilepsy, with a resume and evaluation of their importance.

As in the work described in the preliminary report,1 each patient was subjected to a series of standardized ocular examinations. Because the nature of certain of the tests and their dependence on the subjective response of the patient, when cooperation was poor the results might be inaccurate ; this will be indicated later in this paper. The following data were determined for each of the 96 patients:

  1. Visual acuity of each eye, with and without correction

  2. Balance of the extra-ocular muscles

  3. Width of each palpebral fissure

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