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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Why is it that shortsightedness and weakness of the eyes are so common among our children ? This is a question which is being anxiously asked by many at the present time. One great reason we have not far to seek. Whatever other causes may be operating injuriously upon the eyes of our children, there is no doubt at all that the strain to which they are subjected in the different schools of the colony, combined with long home lessons, is one prevailing cause of tho mischief. Especially is this the case with very young children. Is it not monstrous to require infants of between five and seven years of age to Bubject the delicate structure of the eye to such tests a? obtain in all our schools, not only in reading, but also writing on slates ? No wonder, indeed, that their eyes become permanently weakened, and that we see so many children wearing spectacles. I lately read an admirable and instructive little brochure, in which special allusion is made to the Bubject by Dr William Stenhouse, of this City. The author expresses strong views on the subject, and on some points there might probably be a difference of opinion; but as to the main issue—viz., the adverse influence of some of our school methods on children's sight and health—we cannot, I think, but all be in accord ; and the attention both of parents, teachers, and the general public may with advantage be called to this timely production. Some measures ought to be taken to guard against the evils therein alluded to, and anything which calls attention to them and proposes a remedy should be gladly welcomed by all. —I am, etc., Reform. Dunedin, October 24.

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OUR CHILDREN'S EYES., Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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OUR CHILDREN'S EYES. Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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