Hundredth anniversary of August Müller's inaugural dissertation on contact lenses

Pearson, Richard M. & Efron, Nathan (1989) Hundredth anniversary of August Müller's inaugural dissertation on contact lenses. Survey of ophthalmology, 34(2), pp. 133-142.

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In celebration of the centenary of August Müller's pioneering work on contact lenses, we present, for the first time, a full translation into English of Part III of his inaugural dissertation. Müller describes his attempts to correct his own -14.00 diopters of myopia with "cornea-lenses," which were essentially glass scleral lenses. His inability to tolerate lens wear for more than half an hour was probably due to a) limbal pressure as a result of the primary optic diameter being too small, and b) the use of water to occupy the space between the lens and cornea, which would have induced severe corneal edema. Many of the observations and recommendations embodied in Müller's thesis, such as the importance of a good fit, adequate tear flow and rounded edges, are still relevant to contact lens practice today.

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ID Code: 3365
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Contact Lenses/, history, Anterior Eye Segment/anatomy & histology, Contact Lenses/adverse effects, Dissertations, Academic, Equipment Design, Germany, History, 19th Century, Humans, Myopia/therapy, Ophthalmic Solutions, Ophthalmology/history, Portraits, Research Support, Non, U, S, Gov't, Muller, A
DOI: 10.1016/0039-6257(89)90041-6
ISSN: 0039-6257
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1989 Elsevier
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 06:56

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