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Categories: Diseases of The Eye and Ear

Both lines of sight are not directed towards the
same object of fixation.

Internal or Convergent Squint. Where one eye is turned inward toward the


External or Divergent Squint. One eye turns outward toward the temple.

Squinting upward and downward are uncommon.

Causes of Convergent (Internal) Squint. It generally appears between two

and five years; at first periodic
lly, later constantly. The patient is

generally far-sighted.

Treatment. Internal squint in very young children may be treated by

covering the well eye and forcing the child to use the other. When the

child is old enough, proper glasses should be worn. Operation can be done

when needed and is generally successful.

External (Divergent) Squint. This may appear at any age and is often

associated with near-sightedness. An operation is necessary and the

tendons on both sides must generally be cut and properly placed. Parents

should always attend to a child who has this trouble. The operation is not

difficult to perform and it will not only, as a rule, give the child good

sight, but better looks. Parents who are able to have an operation or

glasses fitted when needed, and who neglect their children, should be

punished; they are guilty not only of neglect, but cruelty.

MOTHERS' REMEDIES. Inflammation of the Eye. 1. Chickweed a Relief for.

"The juice of chickweed is good for inflammation of the eyes, when dropped

into them."

2. Inflammation of Eyes, Sassafras, Excellent Remedy for. "Take sassafras

bark and make into a tea. Apply this externally to the eyes, and it will

be found very beneficial for this trouble." This is a very good remedy, on

account of its oily soothing nature.

3. Inflammation of Eyes, Tried Remedy for.

Boric Acid 10 grams

Camphor Water (not spirits) 1/2 ounce

Water 1/2 ounce

Apply this with a soft cloth.

This trouble usually results from or is associated with constitutional

disease and requires treatment for same, but the above wash is good for

local applications. This prescription was given me by an oculist."

4. Inflammation of Eyes, Common Potato Will Cure. "Scrape raw potato and

apply to the temple until relieved." This helps to draw the blood away and

relieves the inflammation.

5. Inflammation of Eyes, Milk Curd Relieves. "Make a curd of sweet milk;

that is, set it on the stove till it forms a curd; then add quite a little

alum and wash eyes." The milk is very soothing and the alum acts as an

astringent. Care should be taken in using this remedy that none of the

mixture gets into the eyes.

6. Inflammation of Eyes, Wild Hairs Cause. "A few years ago, I had

trouble with my eyes. They felt as though there was something in them

scratching the eye-ball. I went to an eye specialist, and he gave me two

little vials of medicine to drop into my eyes six times a day. I doctored

with him several months, and while the medicine reduced the inflammation

largely, it did not relieve the scratching sensation in the eyes. Then I

was away from home for about ten days and did not use the medicine, and

when I returned my eyes were very much inflamed, and very painful. I

visited the doctor again, and he said I had a little ulcer on the eyeball,

and he pulled out several hairs or winkers from the eyelid. I asked him if

wild hairs were the cause of the ulcer and he admitted they were. After a

few days' more treatment by the doctor I learned of a neighbor who

understood a little about wild hairs in the eyelid and had him examine my

eyes. He pulled out more wild hairs, and my eyes got well. Ever since

then, when my eyes begin to hurt me as though there was some foreign

substance in them, I go to my neighbor and he pulls out the wild hairs,

and that was the trouble with my eyes. My experience in obtaining this

knowledge cost me twenty dollars in fees to the eye specialist, which I

could have saved by going to my neighbor at first,"

MOTHERS' REMEDIES. Sore Eyes. 1. Rose Leaves Rest. "Steep rose leaves

and apply often." Apply the leaves as a fomentation and relief will soon

follow. This is very soothing and very easily applied.

2. Sore Eyes, Soothing Remedy for. "Use a wash of borax and water.

One-half teaspoonful to a cupful of water." This is very good.

3. Sore Eyes. Slippery Elm Excellent for. "This is a very soothing

dressing far the eyes. You can buy a small package of the slippery elm at

any drug store, and prepare it by making a tea and using externally.

4. Sore Eyes, Common Remedy for. "Use a wash night and morning of common

table salt and water." This is often sold by druggists for 10 or 15 cents

an ounce under a medical name.

5. Sore Eyes, Elder Berry Flowers Relieve. "In a severe case of

inflammation of the eyes apply a poultice of elderberry flowers; bathe the

eyes with warm water and witch-hazel." This remedy was given by a mother

who tried it a great many times and always had success.

6. Sore Eyes. Borax and Camphor Good Wash for. "Borax one teaspoonful,

spirits of camphor fifteen drops, distilled water one-half cupful. This

makes a fine wash for sore eyes, and is perfectly harmless."

7. Sore Eyes, Tested Eye Wash for.

"Hydrastis (Golden Seal Root) 1/2 ounce

Best Green Tea 1/2 ounce

Sulphate of Zinc, Pulverized 1 dram

Steep the root and tea for a few minutes in a pint of boiling water; while

cooling add the sulphate of zinc; when cold strain well and bottle. Use as

an eye wash three times a day. In severe cases a poultice is useful, made

of pulverized slippery elm and warm milk and water. All eye washes should

be used with caution and especially those containing belladonna or caustic


8. Sore Eyes, Borate of Soda and Camphor Water Relieves.

"Borate of Soda 2 grains

Camphor Water (not spirits) 1 ounce

Mix, drop one or two drops in the eye four times a day.

Camphor water is made by allowing the gum to dissolve in water instead of

alcohol, also saturate lint in this mixture and apply on the eyes."