Eyes Spots On

Sources: Papers On Health

These spots are of two different kinds, and yet they

are very much the same in nature and substance. What is called "a

cataract" is of a different character. We refer not to this, but to the

spots that form on the surface of the eyeball, and those that form in

the membrane of the eyelid. When inflammation has gone on for some time

on the eyeball itself, portions of whitish matter form on the glassy

surface and soon interfere with the sight. When inflammation has gone

on in the eyelid, little knots like pin-heads form, producing a feeling

as if sand were in the eye. Afterwards these knots grow large and swell

the eyelid, and at times the matter in them grows hard, and seems to

take up a lasting abode in that tissue. Strong and destructive liquids

or powders are sometimes applied, that so affect the whole substance of

the eye as to cause blindness. Nothing of this nature is required at

all. First, the skin of the head must be dealt with. You will find that

this is hot and dry, and somewhat hard on the skull. Rub this gently

with the dry hands for a few minutes, then press a cloth tightly wrung

out of cold water all round the head. Rub and cool alternately for

half-an-hour or more if it continues to produce an agreeable feeling.

When the head is all soothed, and good action has been secured, at

least on its surface, begin with the eye itself. The same treatment is

required for both classes of cases. The eye will be shut at first. You

take a fine camel's-hair brush, such as is used by artists, and some

vinegar or acetic acid, so weak that you can swallow a portion of it

without hurting your throat. This is a very good test of strength for

the acid. You carefully brush over the outside of the eyelids and all

round the eye with this weak acid. This must be done most carefully and

patiently for a length of time, till all sweatiness is washed off, and

a fine warm feeling is produced by the acid. The matter softens and

breaks up, so that it begins to pass away. We have seen a little ball

of hard white matter break up and come away after a single brushing

carefully done. When the matter is in the eyelid, and is so situated

that you can brush over it in the inside of the lid, it is well to do

so; but this operation must be gently and carefully done. When you have

brushed with the acid long enough, dry the eyelids and cheek carefully,

and rub with a little fresh olive or almond oil. It will be well to

cover the eye from the cold, and from any dust that might irritate. You

will soon find that it is as clear and sound as could be wished.