Simple Ophthalmia

The eye may suddenly appear weak and unable to bear the light, as a result of catching cold; the lids are kept closed and the tears run down over the cheek. It may also be caused by a blow on or near the eye, even though it did not touch the eyeball. It is not generally serious.

Treatment. - Bathe the eye twice a day with water as hot as can be borne with the hand, and protect it from the light for a few days until the inflammation is relieved and it is likely to be all right. If the eye appears to have a film over it touch it twice a day with a little of the following: Nitrate of silver, four grains; distilled water, one ounce; mix.