Endeavor for years to help the blind has caused the New York State Commission for the Blind to recognize that its chief responsibility is in the prevention of blindness. Recently a special department was organized for this purpose. The state-wide program emphasized the education of professional workers in the fields of health and education, sight conservation work for school children, and the reduction of blindness in infants.
In a review of the work of the first three years1 it is noted that cases of ophthalmia neonatorum have been followed up by the commission after an initial visit was made by the state department of health. One hundred and sixty-three cases of ophthalmia neonatorum were registered during the three year period. In the first year, seven babies became blind, and in the last of the three years, none. Credit for the record of the last year is given largely to