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Addresses and Original Communi- symptoms of the ocular disorder have
been disregarded as a result of which
in the mechanical details of the visual THE COMMONER SYMPTOMS OF EYE
apparatus, and the patients have been STRAIN
forced to don spectacles, which at best
are but ocular crutches. The effects of BY JOHN R. NEWCOMB, M. D., INDIAN- abnormal visual activity or of extraAPOLIS.
ocular muscle imbalance on both phys
ical and intellectual development presThe subject of eye strain has, in the ent in themselves a pitiable plea for past decade, received a very consider- the early recognition and proper treatable amount of attention from ophthal- ment of the ocular deficiency. mologists and general practitioners The symptom groupings of Asthehave, in varying degree, learned the nopia are wide spread, the causes are significance of the widely distributed many and without entering into decycles of symptoms produced by it. tailed classification, let us consider The importance of this subject cannot only the more important local and genbe overestimated and a frequent repe- eral subjective and objective symptition of the diagnostic points seems toms. It will serve the purposes of warrantable. Among Dr. Gould's ex- this article to consider asthenopia under cellent writings on the subject of As- two general heads. That form of eye thenopia, or eye strain, he says: “The strain dependent upon Ametropia, or eye, as in no other sense organ, is the abnormal refractive power of the eye, conditio sine qua non of motility and which includes Hypermetropia, or far development of all the higher organs, sight, Myopia, near sight, and Astigthe retina being essentially brain sub- matism ; under the second head we will stance, and every activity of the body consider that form of eye strain depends upon precedent and governing brought about by a condition of Hetervision. Intellect itself is fundamentally ophoria, or abnormalities, functional or and initially visual: the brain comes idiopathic of ocular muscle balance. out to see.' The raison d'etre of this Those symptoms not affecting the article is but to bring out again the eye structures proper are readily accommoner symptoms, so often unre- counted for by the anatomy of the eye cognized until through their continu- and its correlative structures. For exance severe pathologic changes have ample--in the cerebral sight center in been wrought in the eye.
the occipital cortex we find the emAsthenopia or eye strain, as it is bryonal and anatomical counterparts of commonly known, is universal. It is the retinal fields and with the intimate, a product of civilization, often begin- intricate vascularization and innervaning in our kindergartens, assiduously tion it is obvious that any faulty senfollowing throughout school life and sory acts of the eves continued over serving as a handicap in business and a period of time will result in functional professional activities. The American and organic disorder. The connection people have become a bespectacled of the motor and sensory portions of race due to the fact that the early the eyes with the several intracranial