One of our loyal patients today brought in this little bit of history at her annual check up: her first ever lens case, holder and ‘sucker’ we gave her back in 1976. It also still had the original lenses in there…
We use to give out these little packs with RGP lenses back then (when RGPs were actually ‘hard’ and no one had thought of making them soft) and I don’t really know why we stopped. They are really quite handy for storing lenses provided you replace the sucker and the actual plastic case regularly to keep things clean. This lady assured me that the lenses, the case and the sucker were all original 1970s.
We have a lot of patients who have been with us since the 1970s and still a few who have been going even longer since 1960s and still have many lens wearing years ahead. We always enjoy seeing any eye related memorabilia so bring it with you to your next appointment.
PS. This patient now wears soft lenses
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) composed over 1000 works, sired 20 children and was famously blind. New research in the journal Acta Ophthalmologica suggests the eventual cause of his blindness was severe glaucoma following cataract surgery.
Early accounts attributed his failing sight in his mid sixties to overstressing his vision in poor illumination. He was convinced to have cataract couching by a British surgeon (where the cataract is simply pushed into the back chamber of the eye). Although his vision improved initially he was confined to bed by excruciating pain in the eyes and body. He died less than 4 months after this procedure.
A common complication of this kind of early surgery is that the eye begins to reject the cataract which has been forced into the back of the eye as foreign material and inflammation takes hold. This in turn can cause a form of glaucoma which can cause severe pain and eventual blindness.
Nowadays cataracts are completely removed during surgery and replaced with a man made implant to correct the vision.