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EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Cornea

Tattooing of the cornea- a part of eye history

tattooing of the cornea- a part of eye history

Dr. Caccamise examined several patients at The Kurji Holy Family Hospital Eye Clinic who had had tattooing of a leucomatous corneal scar.

The two reasons for tattooing were:

  1. improved cosmesis
  2. to improve vision by reducing scattering of light with its resulting dazzling.

Of course, the availability of corneas for transplant surgery has relegated tattooing to the historical archives of ophthalmic surgery. Reference : Duane's Fuchs' Textbook of Ophthalmology, p. 973, 6th edition, 1919. Read this 1067 page treasure- trove of all of ophthalmic knowledge at that time - the Duke-Elder of its day in one thick volume. It is great reading.(1st photo 1964; 2nd photo 1966

tattooing of the cornea- a part of eye history

the India ink tattoo has thinned out centrally.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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