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November 1939

LOCAL USE OF VITAMIN A PREPARATIONS IN OPHTHALMIC PRACTICE

Author Affiliations

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
From the Eye Clinic of the University of Budapest.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;22(5):727-734. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860110013001
Abstract

The local application of vitamin A is of greater significance in the field of ophthalmology than is oral or intramuscular administration. In moderate climates this method of application of vitamin A does not extend to the general avitaminoses (keratomalacia and similar diseases). Such conditions are rare in Hungary. The aspecific action of this vitamin consists of epithelization and protection of the epithelium. It is not impossible that some conditions which respond to this form of therapy are due to local vitamin deficiency without being a general avitaminosis. It has always been a custom among laymen to apply milk and butter to the eye for the treatment of various ocular diseases irrespective of their etiology ; nevertheless, such treatment must now be considered as local vitamin therapy, although sometimes it is falsely indicated. The mysterious cure of Tobias' disease (serpent ulcer?), which was effected by the local application of fish liver, may

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