The eye is one of the most delicate of all the organs of the body, and in consequence of improper treatment is very often the seat of serious disease. Owing to its delicate structure, and the great variety of affections to which it is subject, the majority of eye diseases require for their successful treatment the services of a physician who has given special attention to the treatment of this class of maladies. When such services cannot be secured, and the patient is obliged to do the best he can for himself, it is much safer to do nothing, or, at any rate, to adopt only such measures as are naturally suggested by the morbid condition of the patient, than to adopt active measures which may be more potent for harm than for good.

We shall call attention in this section to a few of the more common affections of the eye, especially to such as are capable of benefit by home treatment.