Historical engraving of eye operations in public

Historical engraving of eye operations in public

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Credit: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Eye surgery. Historical engraving of surgical operations being performed on patients' eyes, possibly for the removal of cataracts. The operations are being performed in the open air in front of a large crowd. Surgery at this time was painful and risky before the discovery of effective anaesthetics and antiseptics. Post- operative infection often killed patients. Cataracts occur when the lens or its capsule become opaque, so causing blindness; the condition can be treated by removing the cataract, but the patient will need to wear spectacles afterwards for clear vision. Image drawn in Germany.

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Keywords: artwork, cataract surgery, eye, eye surgery, healthcare, historical image, history, medical, medicine, surgery, surgical care

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