Eye doctors spend a good part of their lives working in dark rooms. When we pick up a retinoscope to assess the vision of a very young child, or gaze into the oculars of a microscope to find those few elusive cells that are the hallmark of inflammation in the anterior chamber, we dim our examination rooms to a perfect pitch black; a velvety, palpable darkness, in which we can bend light to our will. Darkness is an integral part of our daily existence, but how often do we ponder its meaning? Have we considered what darkness does to our patients, how it affects their behavior and interactions, what effects it has on vision?
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