The endangered eyesight

In the pre-antibiotic era, i.e., until almost the middle of the 20th century, gonorrhea and ophthalmia neonatorum showed a high prevalence also in industrialized countries [2-7]. In the middle of the 19th century more than 10% of all newborns in Germany developed gonorrheal ophthalmia neonatorum. Clinical courses of gonorrheal ophthalmia neonatorum were quite different in their severity but often caused a huge and irreversible damage to the eyes with a significant impairment of eyesight up to total blindness as final outcome of the disease in more than 5% of the infections. This accounted for 25-40% of cases of blindness in Germany [8-11]. What about silver as a broadly acting antiseptic?

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