THE THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF WEAK LENSES.Remarks made in opening the discussion at the meeting of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society, March 13,1894.

F. C. HOTZ, M.D.
JAMA. 1894;XXII(13):450-452. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420920006001a.
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The editorial on "Superfluous Spectacles" which a few weeks ago appeared in the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, very justly and ably criticised the tendency, manifested in the practice of many oculists of the present day, to prescribe spectacles in every case of asthenopia. While formerly "weak eyes" have too often been regarded as the result of gastric disorders or systemic weakness, oculists of the modern school are evidently going to the other extreme in assuming anomalies of the refraction or the ocular muscles to be the only sources of discomfort in the use of the eyes. While formerly patients with "weak eyes" have often received unnecessary medicines, they now often receive superfluous spectacles.

I fully agree with the writer of that editorial, that it is time to call a halt to this one-sighted practice. In my clinic it has always been my aim, at every suitable opportunity, to


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